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Announcement: Railenergy Final Conference

Posted: Monday 22 November 2010

Railenergy Final Conference

Railenergy - Working the switches for an energy efficient future
Railenergy, the collaborative European rail research project on energy efficiency, concludes today with the Final Conference.


(Brussels, 25 November 2010) Today the Royal Flemish Academy provided an excellent framework for the Railenergy Final Conference, bringing together more than 130 participants. The Railenergy coordinator, Judit Sandor (UNIFE), and her UIC counterpart Enno Wiebe, succeeded in inviting this broad audience comprising representatives from the European Commission, all major European train operating companies, infrastructure managers as well as the European rail manufacturers.

Today, after four years of collaborative rail research, 27 European partners are delivering a large number of recommendations and a catalogue of technologies for a more energy-efficient railway sector. Railenergy promises to help save 6% of the total energy consumption in the sector - a figure that does not seem high at first glance, but in concrete terms 6% of a big European railway operator´s annual energy bill amounts to nearly 6,000,000 Euros. Huge saving potentials are to be exploited and Railenergy now delivers the key.

When the project was launched, the energy topic was not a priority on the political agenda. The consortium had a visionary idea of holistically improving the energy efficiency of the railway system. They aimed to maintain the sector´s competitive advantages in relation to the other modes of transport and to ensure efficient and cost-effective movement of mass by reducing the specific energy in operation. The consortium therefore published a catalogue of energy saving methods and technologies including, among others, energy efficient driving and reversible direct current substations.

UNIFE´s General Manager Eric Fontanel was proud to highlight the first joint UIC/UNIFE Technical Recommendation on "Specification and verification of energy consumption for railway rolling stock&" as one of the major outcomes of the Railenergy project. This voluntary standard has enabled UIC and UNIFE to add a new brick to the edifice of European standardisation and provide operators and manufacturers with a common language in the procurement process.

Emilio Maestrini, UIC Rail System Department Director, presented the Railenergy calculator which supports decision-makers in assessing the various energy efficiency strategies. This tool, integrating the knowledge gathered by the entire railway community within Railenergy, is available publicly at: http://www.railenergy.eu.

A strong message towards the political sector was delivered - energy efficiency potentials need to be well examined and must be fully exploited. Railenergy is a key milestone in achieving a globally energy-efficient railway system. During the conference operators and manufacturers agreed that the tasks of exploiting energy saving potentials must be incorporated into business from the early stage of designing rolling stock via procurement to operation and retrofitting the fleet. Energy prices will not stop increasing in the future and the railway sector will carry on with its joint efforts to become more efficient in order to stay competitive and to continuously improve its sustainability performance.


Note to the Editors:


The project partners are as follows: UNIFE (Coordinator), UIC, AnsaldoBreda, Alstom, Bambardier, Corys, D´Appolonia, Emkamatik, Enotrac, Eurolum, KTH, Faiveley, FAV, IST, IZT, Nitel, RailCargo Austria, RFI, Saft, Sciroidea, Siemens, TfK, Trafikverket, Transrail, Transtechnik, Trenitalia, VUZ

More information: Please contact Judit Sandor (judit.sandor@unife.org) or Enno Wiebe (wiebe@uic.org).

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Announcement: Railenergy at InnoTrans 2010: 21 Sept 14:00 / 23 Sept 14:30

Posted: Monday 20 September 2010

Invitation

RAILENERGY at InnoTrans 2010
Tue 21 - Thurs 23 September 2010

RAILENERGY Programme

Permanent presence during the entire fair
*Tuesday 21 September
14:00 Railenergy Feature
-Welcome note
-Railenergyzer
-Matrix shocker

*Thursday 23 September
14:30 Railenergy Feature
-RAILENERGY calculator
-Plug & Play workshop



Dear colleagues,

You are invited to visit the RAILENERGY project area at the UNIFE stand in Hall 4.2, Stand 120 | 21-24 September | Berlin.


The project will have a dedicated working area inside the UNIFE stand. Project partners will welcome you to explain more about the achievements of the project, to guide you through the RAILENERGY Calculator and to help you verify your knowledge with the interactive software tool.

We look forward to welcoming you to our stand! A complete UNIFE stand programme is available here.


With kind regards,

Judit Sandor
Project Coordinator


The RAILENERGY project targeted energy efficiency of the integrated railway system by investigating and validating solutions ranging from the introduction of innovative traction technologies, components and layouts to the development of rolling stock, operation and infrastructure management strategies.

Announcement: Signature of First Railenergy TecRec

Posted: Thursday 25 March 2010

Eric Fontanel and Emilio Maestrini signing first TecRec

Eric Fontanel and Emilio Maestrini signing first TecRec

The Steering Board Railenenergy celebrates the first TecRec

The Steering Board Railenenergy celebrates the first TecRec

UIC and UNIFE publish the first Technical Recommendation (TecRec) on the measurement and calculation of energy consumption in railway vehicles.

You can obtain further information as well download the full version of the TecRec in the following link:

http://www.unife.org/news_detail.asp?n=UIC-and-UNIFE-publish-first-Technical-Recommendation-(TecRec)&nid=2948

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7th Railenergy Workshop "Innovative Energy Efficient Railway Infrastructure" on 10th of March 2010in Paris

Posted: Friday 15 January 2010

Interaction at the workshop

Interaction at the workshop

Lunch with Infrastructure managers

Lunch with Infrastructure managers

The moderators of the day

The moderators of the day

View from the Eiffel Tower

View from the Eiffel Tower

Workshop discussions

Workshop discussions

RFI (Rete Ferroviaria Italiana), UIC and UNIFE invited to the 7th Railenergy Workshop "Innovative Energy Efficient Railway" in Paris on March 10th, 2010. This last Railenergy workshop presented saving potentials of various new technologies investigated in the different traction network systems in Europe. The discussions showed that infrastructure mamagers mainly ask for cost benefit analysis before investing in such systems. All agreed that incentives must be given, potentially supported by policy measures, to motivate IMs to perform and promote new technologies in their systems, and to cooperate with their suppliers and customers in the introduction of new systems.

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Railenergy Conference 23 Sept in Tours a full success

Posted: Wednesday 30 September 2009

End of the conference - Uwe Henning and Ian Papworth

End of the conference - Uwe Henning and Ian Papworth

Enno Wiebe and our photographer Katja Eschner

Enno Wiebe and our photographer Katja Eschner

Evening Dinner

Evening Dinner

Lunch

Lunch

lunch tables

lunch tables

Panel speakers Mads Bergendorff and Roland Nolte

Panel speakers Mads Bergendorff and Roland Nolte

The elegant conference room

The elegant conference room

We are very glad to announce that the Railenergy conference held on Wednesday, 23 of September, the first day of the Energy Efficiency Days 2009 in Tours, France, was a complete success having more than 220 participants.

Entering in its final year Railenergy presented the innovative technologies and related saving potentials investigated since the project start in 2006. A highlight of the day was the presentation of our agreed process for the specification and verification of energy consumption of rolling stock, a pre-standard which will soon be used by the procurement departments in European railways.

At the final conference in 2010 Railenergy will provide full asessment of technologies and a web based management and decision support tool which will provide the ground for decision makers to select optimised combinations of solutions for energy cost savings in the railway system.

The agenda of the UIC energy efficiency conference and the presentations of the Railenergy Conference are attached.

Click here for the conference website:
http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org

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Tender for Decision Support Tool

Posted: Thursday 11 June 2009

Railenergy invited for tender for the development and implementation of a webapplication and database for the decision support tool (DST) in Subproject 2.4 in Railenergy.

Enclosed you find the relevant documents.

Deadline for application was 24 June 2009, 12h00.

6th Railenergy Workshop "Energy Efficient Topologies" - Naples - 09 July 2009

Posted: Thursday 14 May 2009

Amazing view flying back from Naples

Amazing view flying back from Naples

City walk

City walk

Group enjoying italian dinner

Group enjoying italian dinner

Interaction at the workshop

Interaction at the workshop

Workshop presentations

Workshop presentations

Workshop presentations and interaction

Workshop presentations and interaction

Railenergy Workshop Energy Efficient Topologies - Naples/Napoli (Italy) - July 9th, 2009

The International Union of Railways (UIC), UNIFE and AnsaldoBreda organised successfully the 6th Railenergy workshop "Energy Efficient Topologies" to explore energy saving potentials for rolling stock. The workshop gave an overview on the simulation for on-board integration, efficiency within the on-board traction system, optimised operation for auxiliary systems and cooling circuits among others.

Attached you find the agenda, the presentations will be uploaded soon.

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5th Railenergy Workshop - Energy Traction - 06 May 2009 in Nuremberg (Germany)

Posted: Wednesday 22 April 2009

Dinner in the historical traffic museum in Nuremberg

Dinner in the historical traffic museum in Nuremberg

Presentation of Technologies and Workshop Discussions

Presentation of Technologies and Workshop Discussions

On 06 May 2009 UIC, UNIFE and Siemens organised the 5th Railenergy workshop "Energy Efficient Traction" to explore energy saving potentials for rolling stock. The workshop gave an overview about energy efficiency integration through modelling, a medium-frequency transformer, a superconducting transformer, a Diesel hybrid system with PM-machines and energy storage and an integrated cooling concept among others.

Please find more information in the attached agenda or contact Enno Wiebe (wiebe@uic.asso.fr) from UIC in Paris or Helene Koepf (helene.koepf@unife.org) from UNIFE in Brussels.

The workshop presentations will be uploaded soon.

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4th Railenergy Workshop "Energy Components" - March 2009

Posted: Monday 16 February 2009

Lunch at the Hotel Moevenpick

Lunch at the Hotel Moevenpick

Lunch discussions

Lunch discussions

Meeting Room

Meeting Room

Workshop discussions

Workshop discussions

Railenergy Workshop "Energy Components";

UIC, UNIFE and Bombardier Transportation organised the 4th Railenergy Workshop on Energy Components in Berlin (Germany) on March 18th, 2009. The subproject "NRG Components" is focussed on the onboard efficiency improvement by the implementation of innovative components. This Railenergy subproject has been examining possible improvements by considering the recovery of braking energy and re-used waste heat, as well as the optimized management of the power flow during vehicle operation.

The topics that were treated during the day:

- Models of energy flow with special regards to energy aspects of the new innovative components and interfaces
- Innovative on-board energy storage technology and system for railways
- Selection of test vehicle and suitable storage technology
- Formulation of a prototype for waste heat reuse
- Concept formulation for a prototype of the DMI for eco-driving including functional diagram and detailed specifications for the various subsystems

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3rd workshop - Energy Efficiency in Electric Traction Infrastructure - January 2009

Posted: Monday 12 January 2009

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

RFI Meeting Room

RFI Meeting Room

View from the room

View from the room

UIC and UNIFE organised the 3rd Railenergy Workshop: "Energy Efficiency in Electric Traction Infrastructure" to explore energy saving potentials in the railway infrastructure. The workshop gave an overview about the state of the art of regenerative braking, reversible DC substations and new architectures among other technologies.

The workshop covered the following topics:

- Modelling and simulation
- Energy efficiency of existing and new architectures
- Innovative devices and systems
- Regenerative braking
- Interfaces between Infrastructure Managers and Railway Undertakings.

UIC-Railenergy "Energy Efficient Operations" Workshop - October 2008

Posted: Wednesday 25 June 2008

The International Union of Railways (UIC), as part of the training for our Railenergy project organized the second UIC-Railenergy "Energy Efficient Operations" Workshop in Roma on October 18th, 2008. This workshop focused on Energy Efficient (EE) Driving and Energy Efficient (EE) Timetabling.

The workshop covered the following topics:

- EE Driving and EE Timetabling: State-of-the-art in Europe
- Deutsche Bahns Energiesparende Fahrweise (DBs EE Driving)
- DSB and the implementation of the GEKKO system
- CD and the ATO system
- The Trainer project

UIC-Railenergy "Energy Efficiency Management" Workshop - June 2008

Posted: Tuesday 3 June 2008

UIC-Railenergy Workshop 1-1

UIC-Railenergy Workshop 1-1

UIC-Railenergy Workshop 1-2

UIC-Railenergy Workshop 1-2

UIC-Railenergy Workshop 1-3

UIC-Railenergy Workshop 1-3

The International Union of Railways (UIC), as part of the training for our Railenergy project hosted the first UIC-Railenergy "Energy Efficiency Management" Workshop in Paris on June 18th, 2008. This workshop gave a general overview about the Railenergy project on the one hand and an introduction to the specific energy efficiency topics.

The workshop covered the following topics:

1.) Introduction to Railenergy and Railenergy's Energy Efficiency (EE) Management;
2.) The Railenergy Global Model: The methodology behind
3.) EE Driving state of the art in Europe - Ways of implementation
4.) EE Timetabling state of the art in Europe - Ways of implementation
5.) Standard Service Profiles Calculation of rolling stock's energy performance
6.) Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and UIC Statistics
7.) The Railenergy database and the wizard for the Decision Support Tool


You can obtain further information as well download the presentations given during the Workshop at the UIC webpage created for this event:

http://www.uic.asso.fr/baseinfo/reunion/reunion.php?id=61492

Railenergy in "WCRR 2008" - Seoul - May 2008

Posted: Sunday 1 June 2008

Dr. Uwe Henning

Dr. Uwe Henning

WCRR 2008 Seoul

WCRR 2008 Seoul

Railenergy was presented during the 8th World Congress on Railway Research held in Seoul, Korea during the 18th to 22nd of May 2008.

Dr. Uwe Henning, Chairman of the project, presented a Paper titled: "Innovative Integrated Energy Efficient Solutions for Railway Rolling Stock, Infrastructure and Operation".

The paper gave a good overview of the project partnership, goals and workplan, showing the different technologies to be studied as well as explaining the holistic approach to energy effiency studies proposed by Railenergy.

For the next WCRR 2011 to take place in Lille we expect to give one (or several) presentation(s) showing the outcomes of the project.



Railenergy was also highlighted in the UIC stand. Mr. Enno Wiebe (Leader of the project Dissemination) as well as Mr. Igor Alonso Portillo, Coordinator of the project, also attended the WCRR 2008 in Seoul.



For any more information regarding WCRR 2008, please visit http://www.wcrr2008.org.

Railenergy in "2nd Spanish Conference for Energy Efficiency in Railways" - June 2008

Posted: Tuesday 22 April 2008

Railenergy was presented during the 2nd Spanish Conference for Energy Efficiency in Railways* held in Sitges, Spain during the 5th and 6th of June 2008.

Igor Alonso Portillo, Coordinator of the project, presented Railenergy to an audience of nationwide experts on railways energy efficiency.

Please see attached document for the Conference Program.



* II Jornadas: Estrategias de Ahorro y Eficiencia Energetica en el Transporte Ferroviario.

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Railenergy "Technology Matrix Consolidation" Workshop - December 2007

Posted: Friday 4 April 2008

SP1_1

SP1_1

SP1_2

SP1_2

SP2

SP2

SP3

SP3

SP4-SP6

SP4-SP6

SP5

SP5

A Workshop on the Consolidation of the Railenergy Technology Matrix took place at Bombardier's premises in Hennigsdorf on the 5th and 6th of December 2007.

The different Demonstration Scenes and corresponding Use Cases were presented in order to consolidate an agreement of the technologies to be studied in each of the subprojects. Furthermore, technologies were categorized and prioritized in separate workshops corresponding to each of the subprojects.

Railenergy in 3rd UIC Energy Efficiency Conference - September 2007

Posted: Friday 28 March 2008

Railenergy was presented in the 3rd UIC Energy Efficiency Conference held in Portoroz, Slovenia during the 19th to 21st of September 2007.

Besides experts in the railway and energy sectors the conference brought together speakers and participants from international organisations like United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Energy Agency (IEA), European Union and several universities. Altogether more than 200 people attended the 3 day event.

The conference treated all aspects of energy related to railways: from the energy source and production to the end consumption, including design and procurement of new rolling stock as well as the measurement of energy performance which is fundamental in order to ensure the best possible energy management and emissions reductions targets and strategies for the future.

Information on the presentations on Railenergy and on other presentations can be downloaded at: http://www.railway-energy.eu/?page_id=18

Railenergy - Kick-off meeting

Posted: Wednesday 13 September 2006

Kick-Off Meeting 1

Kick-Off Meeting 1

Kick-Off Meeting 2

Kick-Off Meeting 2

Kick-Off Meeting 3

Kick-Off Meeting 3

Kick-Off Meeting 4

Kick-Off Meeting 4

Kick-Off Meeting 5

Kick-Off Meeting 5

The kick-off meeting for Railenergy project took place in Nervi near Genoa on 6-8 September 2006. Around 60 participants representing all the 27 Railenergy partners attended this first plenary meeting of the consortium.

The plenary meeting was opened by the keynote speeches from Railenergy co-ordinator, Mr. Drewin Nieuwenhuis (UNIFE), and the UIC Director for Research and Development, Mr. Gabriele Maffei. Mr. Uwe Henning from Siemens delivered a general presentation on the project while Railenergy Technical Director from d'Appolonia, Mr. Flavio Marangon, explained project management structure. Mr. William Bird presented to the participants the expectations that the European Commission as the co-funding institution holds for Railenergy project.

The kick-off meeting was also marked by the launch of the two subprojects: NRG-Needs and NRG-Efficiency Management.

Railenergy at Innotrans

Posted: Monday 28 August 2006

Innotrans

Innotrans

You can find out more about Railenergy project by visiting UNIFE stand at Innotrans 2006 (hall 2.2, stand 211) in Berlin (between September 19th and 22nd).

http://www.innotrans.de/


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