Formulating effective energy reduction strategies

22 December 2014  •  Author(s): Caroline Hoogendoorn and Bruno Guillaumin, OSIRIS Project

Formulating effective energy reduction strategies

Reducing energy consumption is key for urban rail operators and manufacturers. That is why 17 partners – including major European urban rail stakeholders – are working together in the framework of the OSIRIS1 (Optimal Strategy to Innovate and Reduce energy consumption In urban Rail Systems) project. This threeyear European project, which started in January 2012, is co-funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities. For Eurotransport, Project partners Caroline Hoogendoorn and Bruno Guillaumin, explain that the aim of OSIRIS is to develop an innovative methodology for simulating, evaluating and optimising energy consumption in urban rail systems, with the general objective of reducing the overall energy consumption of Europe’s urban rail systems by 10% (compared to current levels) by 2020.

The project’s innovation lies in the fact that, in addition to considering energy savings at transport level, it also looks into thermal energy (which is important for underground operations). The project is coordinated by UNIFE (the Association of the European Rail Industry). As project partner, the UITP (the International Association of Public Transport) is in particular in charge of managing a ‘User Group’ which is open to UITP member’s and non-partners of the project who would like to have access to and discuss the ongoing project results. The project will be ending in March 2015 and a Final Conference2 will take place in Brussels in the same month in order to broadcast the results of the project.

So, four months before the project’s close (at the time of providing this article), what are the main results so far?

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