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OPEUS & FINE 1 Final Conference UIC Paris, Thursday 17th October 2019 (10.00am to 5pm)

This joint final event will be the opportunity to present the results achieved in the projects and to discuss how these results may improve the energy consumption of rail systems in the future and advance the state-of-the-art in noise modelling.

The FINE 1 project aims to reduce operational costs of railways by a reduction of energy use and noise related to rail traffic. The project results will enhance the attractiveness of railway in relation to other modes of transport. The focus is the development of practical and standardised methodologies for prediction of noise and vibration performance and energy consumption on system and vehicle level.

The OPEUS project aims 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.

Don’t miss out on this important event and register now at: http://bit.ly/32tU9IR.

Detailed agenda:

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Please note that registrations are open until Friday, 11 October 2019!

For additional information on the event, please contact FINE 1 coordinator Haike Brick at haike.brick@rail.bombardier.com or OPEUS dissemination coordinator Christine Hassoun at hassoun@uic.org.

Looking forward to seeing you in Paris!

OPEUS and FINE1 Final Conference on 17 October 2019 at UIC in Paris

On 17 October at the Headquarters of UIC in Paris the final conference of the Shift2Rail JU funded CCA Projects Fine 1 and OPEUS was held. The event was dedicated to the presentation of results achieved by these projects on mitigation of noise and vibration pollutions and reduction of energy consumption by railway systems. The conference gathered around 70 participants from different EU countries. Some of them represented industry and some from academia. Several large railway companies such as Bombardier Transportation, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF, Stadler, Alstom and Universities participated in the Projects. FINE1 is a 38-month project with a budget of €3.017 million, OPEUS is a 36-month project with a budget of €797 000. The aim of the projects was to find the ways to reduce operational costs of railway transport by reducing the energy consumption, noise and vibration pollutions.
With future increases in speed, loading of wagons and the intensity of traffic there will be inevitable increases in noise levels. The future development of railway transportation systems must consider railway noise emission reduction as the most important goal. The main objectives of the projects were to develop the tools for noise prediction and energy consumption calculation. The Conference was divided into two parallel Sessions: FINE1 Session on “Noise” and FINE1 & OPEUS joint session on “Energy”.
The FINE1 Coordinator Haike Brick from Bombardier Transportation, Germany, talked about the importance of the project and what results and achievement the project has reached. Noise levels are continually increasing and most of these increases are due to the increasing amount of transport. Approximately 100 million people in the EU are exposed to noise levels higher than 55dB(A) from road transport, 18 million from rail transportation and 4 million from air transport. Noise reduces the quality of life, disturbs sleep, negatively affects health. Also, financial cost of noise and vibration is quite significant it varies between 0.06% to 1.98% of the country’s GDP.
Noise is one of the most important environmental emissions for people who live next to railway lines. Increasing the railway network, upgrading existing tracks and modifying rolling stock there are a need to look at ways to reduce the noise level produced by railways. People are more and more unwilling to tolerate railway noise. The noise emissions from trains and ways to reduce them is one of the most important subjects of the future development in railway transportation. Reduction of noise and vibration will improve attractiveness and comfort for rail users and as a result will help to shift users from road and planes to railways. The main achievements of the projects were improving the noise prediction, developing tools for cost-efficiency evaluation of mitigation measures and developing of a railway noise demonstrator.
Jenny Böhm from the Technical University of Berlin was Coordinator of the project DESTINATE. Jenny Böhm talked about research and innovation involved in reduction of interior noise of rolling stock. The noise level inside the train is a serious problem for railways and increasing the acoustic comfort for passengers on trains will support to attract more users to the railways. Passengers inside the train are affected by different types of noise: traction noise, rolling and aerodynamic noise. Passenger cars must be designed to reduce noise inside of the passenger saloon by using advanced materials and appropriate design. This research used a few methods to assess sources of noise inside of the carriages such as Operational Transfer Path Analysis, methods investigated noise from heating, ventilation and air condition systems etc. During the project there was assessed and identified many different sources of noise. As a result of the project, simulation and visualisation techniques in virtual reality were created.
The aim of the OPEUS project, coordinated by the University of Newcastle, was to develop a simulation methodology and tools to calculate, assess and optimise the energy consumption of various railway vehicles and their components. The largest improvements can be achieved by reducing the weight of rolling stock, improving the railway infrastructure and motor converters.
OPEUS has been successful in developing a tool able to assess the energy usage implications of introducing technological innovation in rolling stock, with particular emphasis on case studies related to energy storage systems, traction chain losses and quantifying the benefits of solutions being developed by the S2R IPs.
Discussions took place on how to enhance the tool to add further capability to improve scope and accuracy e.g. machine learning algorithms, assessment of thermal aspect.

A draft position paper on the energy outlook for railway systems was presented covering areas such as potential actions underpinned by the Avoid-shift-improve approach, contribution of the work of OPEUS to the objectives of S2R and a set of recommendations to support addressing energy related aspects of railway systems. These can be summarised as the need to have a holistic approach to energy efficiency which will deliver substantial benefits towards decarbonisation.
Current design philosophy for rolling stock is to allow for thirty to forty years of service-life. Very often the rolling stock has been used and after forty years to cover as much mileage as possible for the initial financial spending involved. There is a need to look at the balance between economic benefit and energy consumption. In the future it may be more appropriately cheaper for lightweight, shorter life (15-20 years), low maintenance trains. Shorter lifespan rolling stock will allow faster implementation of new technologies, have more modern trains and it will revitalise the railway manufacturing industry.

The modern world has many transport problems, but also a large variety of initiatives and solutions. This event was a significant step forward to a more sustainable future. The next step will be the project FINE2 which will continue work on reducing noise and vibration pollution and the reduction of energy consumption by the railway systems.

With acknowledgements:
Inara Watson
PhD Researcher
London South Bank University

More information on FINE1 project at: https://projects.shift2rail.org/s2r_ipcc_n.aspx?p=FINE%201
More information on OPEUS at: http://opeus-project.eu/
More information on DESTINATE at: https://www.destinate-project.tu-berlin.de/menue/destinate/

All presentations delivered during the final conference are available for download on the Opeus website (tab DOWNLOADS)

For more information please contact Christine Hassoun, UIC Senior Advisor Project Dissemination: hassoun@uic.org

OPEUS Position Paper

Our Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking project OPEUS is on its final months. We have not only produced a great tool capable of assessing the energy implications of introducing innovation in railway rolling stock but also are in the process of preparing a position paper together on the energy outlook for railway systems and proposals on how to improve their energy performance.

We will shortly be carrying a consultation on the topic. If you are interested in participating please do get in touch with Roberto Palacin, coordinator of the project, (roberto.palacin@newcastle.ac.uk) or Christine Hassoun, dissemination senior advisor (hassoun@uic.org) at UIC (Union Internationale des Chemins de fer).

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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

Shift2Rail projects FINE 1 & OPEUS Final Conference SAVE THE DATE

FINE 1 & OPEUS Final Conference to be held at UIC in Paris on 17 October 2019

This joint final event will be the opportunity to present the results achieved in the projects and to discuss how these results may improve the energy consumption of rail systems in the future and advance the state-of-the-art in noise modelling.

The FINE 1 project aims to reduce operational costs of railways by a reduction of energy use and noise related to rail traffic. The project results will enhance the attractiveness of railway in relation to other modes of transport. The focus is the development of practical and standardized methodologies for prediction of noise and vibration performance and energy consumption on system and vehicle level.

The OPEUS project aims 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.

Don’t miss out on this important event and save the date in your calendar! The agenda and practical information, as well as the registration link, will follow beginning of July!
For additional information on the event, please contact FINE 1 representative Siv Leth at ext.siv.leth@rail.bombardier.com or OPEUS dissemination coordinator Christine Hassoun at hassoun@uic.org.

Looking forward to seeing you in Paris!

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