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Innovation in the Spotlight: How a Smooth Ride Translates to Improved Sustainability

Main Benefits Deliver a commonly agreed energy baseline for the four Shift2Rail system platform demonstrators (high speed, regional, urban-metro and freight application) and a modelling tool to evaluate, improve and optimise the energy consumption of rail systems with a particular focus on rolling stock. Develop future methods for predicting overall noise and vibration performance on a system level including both rolling stock, infrastructure and its environment. Assess and advise all energy related works as well…

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Innovation in the Spotlight: Towards unattended mainline train operations (ATO GoA 4)

  Main benefits Energy savings up to 45% depending on travel distance/type of operations Significantly increase the level of punctuality +/- 15% on mainline and 23% for suburban traffic, due to overall automation Higher capacity up to 50%, when combining with other technologies such as moving block and new communication systems. Higher operational flexibility Shift2Rail is working on automated train operations (ATO) based on European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) that would allow maximizing the…

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Innovation in the Spotlight: Next Generation of Running Gear Brings Lower Costs, Higher Comfort and Less Downtime

Main benefits Radial steering and active suspension systems make train running gear more efficient and reduce the negative impact of vehicles on the track Innovative health monitoring systems enable maintenance based on real-time data for running gear and track Light weight and optimised materials improve running gear performance as well as wear and damages of wheels and rails Reduction of noise and vibration emission for a better rail environment Advance virtual certification of vehicle dynamics…

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Innovation in the Spotlight: Using Batteries for Maximum Operational Flexibility in Rail

  Main benefits Reduction of CO2 emissions by 20% per train, providing eco-friendly propulsion. Reduction of overall energy consumption by 20%. Noise reduction when operating in battery mode. In addition to the successful study and workshop on the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen technology for rail, Shift2Rail is also working to introduce innovative hybrid and battery-supported propulsion concepts for future energy efficient freight locomotives. The new technology will increase last mile operation flexibility, reduce CO2 emissions…

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More efficient traction systems for ever-greener trains   

Main benefits of the next generation of traction systems Energy savings of up to 10% for trains in all platforms: metro, light rail, sub-urban, regional and high-speed Quieter traction systems for all kinds of trains – up to 20 dB less noise for some parts Smart maintenance systems embedded in traction systems to lengthen train’s life, improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs up to 20%   Shift2Rail-funded engineers are developing the next generation of train…

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Space for Rail: Bringing the Benefits of Global Satellite Navigation to Railway Customers in Europe and Beyond

Vienna, 18 March 2019 – The Austrian Infrastructure Minister Nobert Hofer welcomed an illustrious group of European and international experts to discuss the important role of satellite-based positioning technology for the future of the European railway sector today in Vienna. While traditional and ageing technologies are being gradually phased out, satellite technology opens up new possibilities for providing a scalable solution for railway positioning and increasing the safety of rail transport. It also supports cost efficiency for…

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