In 2021, Fleur Droog (MSc), Janine Noordam (MSc), Robbert Messing (BSc) and Sabine Winterberg (BSc) worked for a total of 160 hours on a case study for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The case study focused on exploring various Electric Road Systems. Below, you can find a testimony of one of the participants, as well as their final report.
For the SSU programme, together with Janine Noordam, Sabine Winterberg and Robert Messing, we made a research report for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management on the future of electric road systems in The Netherlands. We compared the three most promising technologies: overhead lines, rails and wireless induction by using the Multi-Criteria Analysis. For our result, we found that induction had the highest score and thus potential to become the future technology for electric road systems in The Netherlands, although overhead catenary came very close. The Ministry was surprised but happy with our results. During the first three weeks, we started orientating on the subject, since we all were not all too familiar with these three technologies. We decided to divide the tasks so that every person could focus on one particular thing. I had to focus on the induction technology for the rest of our project. Every week we had a meeting 1-2 times in which we discussed what we had done, found out and were planning to do for the upcoming week. All in all, we did experience difficulties and I would say that the process went by quite smoothly. As for my personal experience: I really enjoyed working together with my group mates because we really had a good dynamic. I was not too familiar with the subject and therefore I learned a lot. Studying often lacks real life experience and so ultimately this project has further expanded my practical experience by actually working together on a case for the Ministry.
– Fleur Droog