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World’s first zero-emissions hydrogen train completes trial
11 Apr 2017:

The world’s first zero-emission hydrogen train has successfully completed its first trial in Germany. 


The Coradia iLint is powered by large lithium ion batteries that source energy from a hydrogen fuel tank on the roof of the train.


As a result, the train only emits excess steam into the atmosphere; providing an alternative to the Germany’s 4,000 diesel trains.


The Coradia iLint can travel almost 500 miles (805 kilometres) per day at speeds of up to 87 miles per hour (140 kilometres per hour).


Furthermore, the only sound the train emits comes from the wheels and air resistance.


The train was first presented at Berlin’s InnoTrans trade show in August last year, and is set to become the world’s only fuel cell passenger train – according to its developer Alstom.


The Coradia iLint has since completed its first test run that was carried out on the company’s own track in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony.


Passenger test runs are scheduled to commence at the beginning of 2018.


Didier Pfleger, Vice President of Alstom in Germany and Austria, said: “This test run is a significant milestone in environmental protection and technical innovation”.


He went on to say: “With the Coradia iLint and its fuel cell technology, Alstom is the first railway manufacturer to offer a zero-emission alternative for mass transit trains.”


The train is expected to run on the Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line in Lower Saxony.


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UK guide to C-ITS communication technology options - policy implications
05 Apr 2017:

The UK’s Transport Technology Forum, an independent voluntary body, has produced a guide about communication technologies for C-ITS which is intended to support policy developments.


The guide describes succinctly the features of the two main communication technology options (short-range/ITS G5 and long-range/cellular) and addresses the dilemma that the party paying for the delivery of a particular C-ITS service (in terms of hardware and/or data transmission) may not necessarily be the one benefitting.


The technical capability of each technology to deliver a set of day 1/1.5 services is presented. The guide concludes that the decision should not be about which technology to invest in but which C-ITS applications can deliver benefit to traffic management in the UK. There is an expectation that a hybrid approach will emerge.


The guide can be downloaded here.


http://www.polisnetwork.eu/publicnews/1369/45/UK-guide-to-C-ITS-communic...


Urban transport roadmaps: a web-based tool to help cities develop sustainable mobility strategies
05 Apr 2017:

The urban transport roadmaps tool is a web-based tool to help city authorities develop urban transport roadmaps that address the most pressing environmental, social and economic issues faced by their transportation systems between now and 2030.


The tool provides cities with the ability to identify, develop, screen and assess different transport policies and measures. In particular, it helps cities to quickly and easily assess the likely costs and impacts of measures that could help them improve the sustainability of their transport systems. Cities can explore combinations of different policy scenarios and assess the impacts of these scenarios on the environment, safety, mobility, the economy and the city’s transport system. This type of scenario analysis helps cities to rapidly identify which policy measures are likely to be useful in supporting their own urban transport sustainability goals.


A key benefit of the tool is that users do not need any prior experience in transport modelling.


The tool has been developed for DG Move by Ricardo Energy & Environment and Trasporti e Territorio.


http://www.urban-transport-roadmaps.eu/


http://www.polisnetwork.eu/publicnews/1376/45/Urban-transport-roadmaps-a...


Cleaner Transport Stakeholder Workshop
05 Apr 2017:

TRIP is organising its fifth one-day stakeholder workshop, which will take place in Brussels on Wednesday 3 May 2017, and cover the subject of cleaner transport.


The TRIP team will share preliminary results from their ongoing review of cleaner transport and discuss and validate their conclusions with delegates.


Participants will learn about the progress in cleaner transport research and how the results can be used to guide the development of future clean transport. They will also have the opportunity to influence recommendations for future policy development.


The event will be held at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, 40 Avenue de la Toison d’Or, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.


View the agenda


Registration form


If you (and/or a colleague) would like to attend, please contact Sheena Newell (Sheena.Newell@ricardo.com)


Commission gives a boost to youth mobility in Europe
05 Apr 2017:

The European Commission presented today an initiative under the Erasmus+ programme which further supports learning and mobility of young Europeans. Called "Move2Learn, Learn2Move", it will enable at least 5,000 young citizens to travel to another EU country in a sustainable manner – individually or together with their school class. The one-off initiative, which is linked to the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme, is consistent with two central priorities of the Commission: to put a renewed focus on Europe's youth, and to facilitate EU citizens' mobility, particularly low emission mobility.


Move2Learn, Learn2Move builds on an idea put forward by the European Parliament in 2016. It will be implemented through eTwinning, the world’s biggest teachers’ network. Part of Erasmus+, it enables teachers and pupils across Europe to develop projects together through an online platform.


Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, said: "Building on the success of eTwinning, this initiative will enable young people to discover and experience first-hand different countries and cultures across Europe. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Erasmus, this will be another example of this EU success story bringing people together, helping them to develop a feeling of what it means to be European.“


Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: "Transport is not about tracks, ships or motorways; it is about people. We want to give young Europeans the chance to discover Europe. We also want to encourage them to travel in an environmentally friendly way, which is why CO2 emissions will be taken into account. I am also happy that we can count on the active participation of transport operators to help strengthen the initiative."


The initiative will be open to school classes of students aged 16 and above taking part in eTwinning. They are invited to indicate whether they want to be considered for free travel tickets which will be awarded for the best eTwinning projects in each participating country. Social inclusion will be an important criterion in the selection of the best projects. Once the winners have been picked, they will be able to travel from August 2017 until December 2018, at a date of their choice. Students will either travel in a group as part of a school trip or individually, depending on the decision of parents and teachers.


All transport modes, operators and lines can be selected, taking into account sustainability criteria and points of departure and destination of the participating students. Some operators are supporting the initiative by offering a special rebate to the participants. These operators are: Aegean Airlines, Air Dolomiti, ALSA Grupo, Azores Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Comboios de Portugal, Croatia Airlines, Deutsche Bahn, Hahn Air, Iberia Express, Interrail, Luxair, Naviera Armas, Olibus, SNCF, Transferoviar Calatori, Trenitalia, Vueling and Westbahn.


The Commission encourages other operators to join the initiative.


Background


eTwinning offers a platform for school staff (such as teachers, head teachers, librarians) to communicate, collaborate and develop projects as part of a learning community in Europe. In this way, eTwinning promotes collaboration between schools and pupils, and offers teachers opportunities for free and continuous online professional development. It has already connected more than 450,000 teachers.


Launched in 2005 as the main action of the European Commission’s eLearning Programme, eTwinning has been part of Erasmus+, the European programme for education, training, youth and sport, since 2014. It is supported and operated by European Schoolnet, an international partnership of 30 European Ministries of Education developing approaches to learning for schools, teachers and pupils across Europe. eTwinning is further supported at national level by 37 National Support Services.


For more information about Move2Learn, Learn2Move:


Commission gives a boost to youth mobility in Europe


Fact Sheet: The Move2Learn, Learn2Move initiative


Q&A: The Move2Learn, Learn2Move initiative


Factsheet: eTwinningSearch for available translations of the preceding link•••


Move2learn, Learn2Move


http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/social/news/2017-03-27-commission-g...


A connected and autonomous vehicle ecosystem: apply for funding
05 Apr 2017:

Up to £55 million is available to develop test bed infrastructure that will improve and create world-leading capabilities in the UK.


The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) is investing up to £55 million to make the UK’s connected and autonomous vehicle testing ecosystem the world’s most effective.


Here in the UK we have a strong automotive and technology heartland in the West Midlands through to Europe’s only megacity, London. Projects should look to build on these strengths, integrating existing proving grounds and public road test sites to improve capabilities and create new ones, and develop a national cluster of excellence.


This competition is part of the test bed programme for the government’s Industrial Strategy.


Project streams


UK businesses and research organisations can make applications in 3 streams.


Stream 1


In stream 1 we are looking for projects that develop a public test environment in an urban, highly-dense city location. Up to £35 million is available to support up to 2 projects.


Stream 2


For this stream we are looking to fund one controlled test facility that is representative of an urban or city environment. Examples might be a semi-controlled environment, such as a university campus or science and industry park, or a simulator that incorporates physical elements into a virtual environment. Up to £7 million is available.


Stream 3


For this stream we are looking to fund one realistic, controlled high-speed, limit-handling environment. We expect this environment to allow the creation of a diverse range of test scenarios. This may include vehicle to everything (V2X) interactions, collision avoidance and limit handling. Simulators may also be included. Up to £13 million is available.


In all cases preference will be given to projects that can deliver operational facilities and be open for business within 12 to 18 months.


The background


CCAV is a joint policy unit by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport. Its aim is to ensure that the UK is a world leader in developing and testing connected and autonomous vehicles.


Funding is being provided by CCAV. It is being supported by Innovate UK.


Competition information


  • this competition opens on 3 April 2017

  • there will be a briefing event on 4 April 2017

  • the registration deadline is midday on 12 July 2017

  • the application deadline is midday on 19 July 2017

  • you must be a UK-based business, work collaboratively and carry out your project in the UK

  • test facilities should meet specified criteria, as outlined in the competition brief

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/a-connected-and-autonomous-vehicle-ec...


Austria to create nationwide EV charging network
03 Apr 2017:

Austria is set to connect a series of electric vehicle (EV) charging points in a bid to boost EV ownership in the country. 


From April 2017, eleven electricity providers will combine their charging stations into one network of 1,300 public points throughout the nation – according to Transport Minister Joerg Leichtfried.


The nationwide network of charging stations will make it easier for drivers to recharge their vehicles in addition to helping the nation reduce CO2 emissions.  


Drivers will be able to sign up with any of the eleven providers and be able to use all the stations within the combined network.


The move is the latest in a series of initiatives introduced in the country to increase the use of EVs.


In 2016, new electric car registrations increased by an impressive 130 per cent – the largest increase in the entire European Union (EU).


Car buyers in Austria will now receive up to €4,000 ($4,300) in rebates, helping to offset the higher price of EVs.


The share of electric cars in Austria is three times higher than the average for the EU and four times higher than Germany.


According to Leichtfried, the country will be host to 2,000 charging stations by the end of 2017, which will increase to 5,000 in 2020.


The network is also believed to be connected to other networks in Europe in the coming months.


The news follows the announcement that Austria sourced 33.0 per cent of its gross final consumption of energy from renewables in 2015.


The country is now just 1 per cent short of reaching its national 2020 renewable energy target of 34 per cent.


http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/news/austria_to_create_nationwide_...


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