Electric Racing Car
Racing Car with Electric Drive Train
The Running Snail Racing Team of the UAS Amberg-Weiden developed an electric formula student racing car on basis of an already existing combustion version. In a first step the aim of this project was a verification of the idea, that it is possible to develop a competitive and powerful student racing car with a full electric drive train as a replacement for a combustion machine. The electric machine's nominal power is 48 kW (64 hp) with a torque of 400 Nm off the stand up to a speed of about 100 km/h.
In a further step a new racing car was developed to participate in the Formula Student Electric Competition 2013/2014. Finally, a car was created with a poweful electric motor of 50 kW. The torque of 600 Nm in combination with a leightweight chassis of only 203 kg was the reason to be number six in the worldwide ranking list at the end of a successful season 2012/2013. Until then, Prof. Frenzel and Prof. Rönnebeck were the Faculty Advisors of the first university's electric race car according to the regulations of the Formula Student Electric.
Pumped Storage Hydro Power Station
In the control engineering laboratory of the Faculty of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering an experimental version of a pumped storage hydro power plant can be found, where students can explore the electric power generation process in real power plants in conjunction with modern industrial measurement and control technology (see video or on-line webcam).
Pumped storage plants are used as intermediate energy storage. Within times with low electric power demand in the grid the electric power will be used to supply an electric pump to transport water into an elevated reservoir and to store the electric energy in form of potential energy. At times of high electrical energy demand the water is passed back downwards through an underlying turbine which is coupled to an electric generator that feeds electrical power back into the electic grid.
Implemented in the pilot plant is a water-level control of an elevated vessel which is under the roof of the building of the faculty. The whole system was designed and build by students of the study program environmental engineering under the direction of Prof. Frenzel.