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21 May 2015: 

The Transport Research and Innovation Portal (TRIP) is being migrated to a new more efficient platform. The change will be completed on 3 June and will make it easier for users to find and submit transport research information.

While this change is being made, it will not be possible to save new information to TRIP. Therefore, please wait until 3 June to upload new information. This includes projects, events, news, programmes and user registrations. The team apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please email the TRIP helpdesk:

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Solar road working ‘better than expected’

Solar road working ‘better than expected’

19 May 2015: 

The 70-metre track along a bike path connecting the northwest Amsterdam suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer became the world’s first public road with embedded solar panels in November last year.

After the first six months of a three-year pilot, engineers have announced that the road has produced more than 3,000kwh of electricity – enough to an average household for one year.

Sten de Wit, spokesman for the SolaRoad project, said: “We did not expect a yield as high as this so quickly…If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than the 70kwh per square meter per year. We predicted [this] as an upper limit in the laboratory stage. We can therefore conclude that it was a successful first half year.”

The road has rows of crystalline silicon solar cells, embedded in concrete and is overlaid with a translucent layer of tempered, skid-resistant glass.

The surface layer is also dirt-repellent to maximise exposure to sunlight.

The solar cells are connected to smart metres, which optimise their output and transfer the electricity to street lighting or the energy grid.

Engineers estimate the test road could produce enough energy to power three households and there are plans to extended the solar road to 100 metres by 2016.

Approximately 150,000 cyclists have been over the road in the first six months and companies working on the project are looking to develop solar panels that could support buses and larger vehicles.

The Solar Roadways project in the United States, aimed at introducing similar solar powered roads, has raised more than $2.2 million through a fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo last year and is now in research and development phase.

The three year project is estimated to cost approximately €3.5 million.

Temperature fluctuations caused the surface of the protective glass to start peeling off earlier this year with maintenance work needed and improvements to the top layer have apparently rectified the issue.

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14 May 2015: 

The May edition of the TRIP Newsletter is now out and available here:

Advanced Propulsion Centre launches £60 million funding scheme for low carbon propulsion technologies

Low carbon vehicles: £60 million for propulsion technologies

14 May 2015: 

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is seeking proposals for projects led by businesses that will deliver significant reductions in CO2 or other emissions.

UK strengths in powertrain engineering and low carbon innovation mean it has an opportunity to seize a global advantage as existing technologies and supply chains are replaced by new ones.

The APC was set up in 2013 by the government and the automotive industry to ensure the UK is a global centre of excellence in these new technologies.

It is working in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Innovate UK to support innovative projects. This is the fourth round of funding. Around £90 million has already been allocated to more than 50 organisations in the first three rounds.

Projects must be based around one or more propulsion technology areas:

  • internal combustion engines
  • lightweight powertrain structures
  • electric machines and power electronics
  • energy storage and energy management
  • alternative propulsion systems

Competition information

  • large businesses can attract up to 50% funding of costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and small businesses 70%
  • each project must include a vehicle manufacturer or a tier 1 supplier and an SME
  • we expect total project costs to be between £5 million and £40 million and for projects to last between 18 and 42 months
  • applications must be made to Innovate UK
  • the deadline for registration is noon on 24 June 2015
  • a briefing event takes place at the APC hub on 15 May 2015

Find out more about this competition and apply.

2nd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility

2nd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility

28 Apr 2015: 

The European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans enables this international community of practitioners, policy makers and academics from across Europe to come together to debate key issues, highlight developments in mobility planning and exchange ideas and experience. The first European conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans last year attracted 144 delegates from across Europe. - See more at:

Creation of the Sustainable Transport Forum

Creation of the Sustainable Transport Forum

28 Apr 2015: 

The STF should help the Commission to advance the application of the Clean Power for Transport strategy and facilitate the implementation of Directive 2014/94/EU. It shall assist the Commission in implementing the Union’s activities and programmes aimed at fostering the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure to contribute to the European Union energy and climate goals.

The STF will bring together Member States and alternative fuels industry stakeholders. It will enable a structured dialogue, exchange of best practices and coordination, thus providing the opportunity to discuss practical issues that could be encountered during the implementation process of Directive 2014/94/EU.

The European Commission published today the Decision on setting-up an expert group on alternative transport fuels – The Sustainable Transport Forum [59 KB] .

The STF will operate with the following structure: a plenary, a secretariat, and non-permanent technical sub-groups to further develop the actions outlined in the Commission Decision. The STF envisages in particular to:

  1. provide advice and technical expertise to the Commission on the development and implementation of legislation, policies, projects and programmes in the field of alternative transport fuels and contribute towards an energy-efficient, decarbonised transport sector.
  2. facilitate exchanges of information on initiatives, projects and partnerships dealing with alternative transport fuels;
  3. deliver opinions, submit reports, or develop and propose innovative solutions to the Commission, either at the latter's request or on its own initiative, on any matter of relevance to the promotion of alternative transport fuels in the Union.

Call for Applications

A Call for Applications [276 KB] for the selection of STF members accompanies the Commission's Decision. (updated 24/04/2015)

The European Commission is looking forward to applications from organisations meeting the criteria outlined in the call not later than 18 May 2015.

Appendices to the Call for Applications: PDF [234 KB] , MS Word [109 KB] , ODT [36 KB] (updated 24/04/2015)

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24 Apr 2015: 

The April edition of the TRIP Newsletter is now out and available here:


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