The Energy Prize for 2012 offered by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology was awarded in Nuremberg on 18 October 2012.
The Energy-efficient Vending Machine project won the first prize this year in the Plant and Process Technology, Product Developments category. ICA's DUALIS 2000 IS ECOLINE ticket machine was the winner.
The successful project was created in a joint enterprise between three partners, FG-Elektronik GmbH from Rückersdorf, the School of Electromagnetic Fields at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and ICA Traffic GmbH from Dortmund. This makes ICA the only company from North Rhine-Westfalia to have stepped onto the podium in Bavaria.
The prize was presented by the Bavarian Minister of State Martin Zeil.
The joint project was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and had the goal of cutting 30% off the energy consumption of Ticket vending machines using the example of a modern ticket machine.
In its current state of development it has already surpassed this target as, working together with the other members of the project, ICA Traffic has developed a completely new generation of particularly energy-efficient static ticket machines that are currently capable of saving up to 50% of the energy used by the predecessor model. The energy savings have been achieved by using power-saving components and an innovative power management system in which all the processes in the machine are monitored and intelligently controlled.
The machine thus achieves a significantly lower energy consumption by comparison with comparable devices, with no restrictions on performance and ease of service. This innovation allows a transport company not only to save energy costs, but also to reduce its environmentally harmful CO2 emissions.
In addition, the ECOLINE variant will soon not just be available for static ticket machines, but also for mobile machines.
More than 300 stationary TVMs of this type have now been successfully introduced by various transport companies.