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In the 5hine project, 5G communication solutions are developed for control, monitoring and maintenance of distributed industrial plants with a very high number and density of subsystems using the example of a concentrating solar power (CSP) plant. CSPs use tracked mirrors to concentrate solar radiation for heat and power production. With their integrated 6-12 hour storage systems, they are playing an increasingly important role in the transition of the world's energy supply to primarily renewable sources. Several tens to hundreds of thousands of individually controlled mirrors on an area of several square kilometers form the solar field of each power plant, whose cabling for power and data is replaced with a 5G solution and PV. Drone-based applications are being developed to optically calibrate and monitor the mirrors, generating and transmitting large amounts of data.

Sun with 5Hine letter art where the "i" is designed as a base station © CNI​/​Consortium

For this heterogeneous problem of wireless communication of system-critical but low data volumes at extremely high density of control communication in combination with few mobile actors with very high data rate requirements for real-time drone monitoring, the planned 5G solution is predestined. To meet both safety requirements and efficiency goals of solar power production, a tightly interleaved integration of automation and communication is being developed. The project results will be applied holistically to other application fields with similar problems in the process industry (chemical, pharmaceutical, raw material processing), water and electricity industry or smart city with distributed sensor and actuator systems and/or heterogeneous communication requirements.

In this context, the Communication Networks Institiute at TU Dortmund University focuses on the evaluation of potential 5G solutions for the communicative integration of high-scale heliostats and UAVs, in addition to supporting the requirements analysis and system design for 5G solutions in solar thermal power plants (CSP).

Project duration: 01.01.2022 - 30.06.2024

The project is funded by the Federal State NRW by the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy (MWIDE) under the Funding ID 005-2108-0073.



Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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