Efficient Use of Energy in Passenger Transport System

The satellite building will be connected to Terminal 2 by an underground, fully automated passenger transport system (PTS). A two-lane system will be implemented for the approximately 400-meter-long route, whereby a total of three driverless trains with a speed of approximately 25 kmh will be deployed. The structural shells of the two train stations and the tunnel were already built during the construction of Terminal 2. The transport capacity is intended for a maximum of 9,000 passengers per hour in each direction. In order to comply with EU security regulations, the PTS is conceived so that three different passenger groups can be transported separately according to the country of origin of their flight.

The PTS is planned in accordance with strict guidelines with regard to energy optimized navigation and efficient energy use. For example, the braking energy acquired is fed back into the airport’s power grid. Optimal, needs-based control of train capacity and a limited acceleration and driving speed allow an energy-saving mode of operation and result in the system having a positive energy balance. Naturally, the latest technologies to reduce energy requirements will also be used in the passenger transport system. The Canadian rail vehicle manufacturer Bombardier Transportation GmbH was commissioned with the development, production, operation and servicing of the system in November 2011.

Facts & figures

Frequency (peak) 127 sec
Passengers (per hour and direction) 9,000
Distance 382 m
Journey time around 1 minute
Speed around 25 km/h
Trains 3
Carriages 12