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OPEUS project launched on 4 November 2016 in Brussels

The aim of OPEUS is to develop a simulation methodology and accompanying modelling tool to evaluate, improve and optimise the energy consumption of rail systems with a particular focus on in-vehicle innovation.

The OPEUS concept is based on the need to understand and measure the energy being used by each of the relevant components of the rail system and in particular the vehicle. This includes the energy losses in the traction chain, the use of technologies to reduce these and to optimise energy consumption. Specifically, the OPEUS approach has three components at its core, the energy simulation model, the energy use requirements (e.g. duty cycles) and the energy usage outlook and optimisation strategies recommendation.

The concept builds on an extensive range of knowledge and outcomes generated by a number of key collaborative projects (e.g. CleanER-D, MERLIN, OSIRIS, RailEnergy, ROLL2RAIL) underpinning the research proposed, all of which have been led by OPEUS consortium members. The tool developed for the CleanER-D project in particular will be used as a starting point.

The kick-off meeting was held on 4 November in Brussels and the project is set to run until April 2019.

For further information please contact the Project Coordinator Dr Roberto Palacin, Newcastle University: roberto.palacin@ncl.ac.uk

Gabriel Castañares Hernández, UIC Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2: castanares@uic.org

Isabelle De Keyzer, Work Package Leader Dissemination: dekeyzer@uic.org

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OPTIMISING ENERGY USE OF RAIL SYSTEMS

Rail may be considered the most sustainable and greenest form of transportation as in many cases it does not depend (or at least, not directly) on fossil fuels. However, the energy optimisation of rail systems is an important issue to maintain the leading position of railways in the fight against the climate change.

UITP has been involved in the OSIRIS project, which aimed at identifying operational and technical innovations that lower the energy costs of running urban rail systems. The work will be continued in a new project - OPEUS, which kicked off beginning November. Gathering results from OSIRIS and other related projects, the goal of OPEUS is to develop a simulation methodology and accompanying modelling tool to optimise the energy consumption of rail systems with a particular focus on in-vehicle innovation. The OPEUS concept is based on the need to understand and measure the energy being used by each of the relevant components of the rail system and in particular the vehicle. This includes the energy losses in the traction chain, the use of technologies to reduce them and to optimise energy consumption.

UITP’s role in OPEUS will include identification of the urban rail energy requirements and support to the development of the project simulation system. UITP will also help define the reference simulation scenarios for urban and suburban/regional operations as well as assess the future energy needs and usage within the wider rail sector.

If you wish to know more, please contact Daria Kuzmina: daria.kuzmina@uitp.org.

Visit the project’s website: www.opeus-project.eu/

Shift2Rail JU funded projects OPEUS and FINE1 met in Munich on 15-16 March 2018

Representatives from OPEUS and FINE1 met on March 15-16 in Munich to discuss their upcoming collaboration and exchange on the two Shift2Rail projects.

As the eighteen month marker approaches for OPEUS, Munich provided an opportunity for our partners to present some preliminary results from the project’s findings.

The University of Rostock’s Lukas Pröhl, who works on OPEUS, led the presentation of the early results. This featured particular focus upon a universal tool for the estimation of energy consumption that will now be rolled out during simulation testing. The intention is to make the tool public for all organisations and operators within the industry after the project.

Other important work in progress was revealed including the development of simulation cases for in-vehicle traction chain losses and energy storage system studies. Day two saw focus switch to the FINE1 project predominantly, but HVAC and eco-labelling were subjects touched upon by speakers.

More information on OPEUS project at: http://opeus-project.eu/ or by mail at: hassoun@uic.org