In the first UIC Innovation Awards ceremony Macroplan Consulting received positive recognition for its contribution to the global railway system. Macroplan together with German IZT (Institute for future studies and technology assessment) and IT developer join and share has received a certificate for their joint development of the Railenergy Calculator within the EU project Railenergy.
I am particularly happy and proud that this tool has now received recognition by the international railway research board, IRRB, but what is even more thrilling is the fact that with more than 500 unique users per month the ideas coming from Railenergy are spreading in a proactive way throughout the global railway communities says Macroplan Director Mads Bergendorff.
This tool is simple yet powerful for a first analysis of any railway system, so even non-experts can make a short and transparent assessment with regards to energy and CO2 savings as well as life cycle economic evaluation and sensitivity analysis. Check out the tool yourself here: www.railenergy.eu. Contact Mads Bergendorff for more information.
The team behind this tool are from Macroplan Consulting Laszlo Cikajlo (technical engineer) and director Mads Bergendorff (idea and concept). From IZT, Roland Nolte (director) and Christian Kamburow (technician) made dedicated contributions. The tool was programmed and finally implemented by join and share based on invaluable efforts from Sabine Fass (web layout and user experience) and director Thomas Gross (programming).
Macroplan Consulting has been key driver in the Railenergy project (2006-2011) working as subproject manager and key developer of the Railenergy Calculator. The Calculator is found on the project website (www.railenergy.eu).
The Railenergy Calculator is a web-based decision support tool for the European rail industry to align energy calculations, methodology and increase common understanding sectorwide. It is first of all a business to business screening tool for R&D, procurement and upgrade projects.
The tool performs analysis and prediction of energy savings, CO2 emissions and simplified life cycle costs. The Railenergy Calculator is NOT a comparison tool between transport modes like Ecotransit or Ecopassenger.
The target groups are technicians, procurement, energy and management staff from:
* Railway operators
* Infrastructure managers
* Leasing companies
* Railway manufacturers & suppliers
* Rail traffic authorities & transport agencies
* Consultants and academia
The Railenergy Calculator is most appropriate in the first phases where the partners typically need better clarification of realistic potentials without investing too much time.
The tool has been programmed to really meet the user wherever the user is. There are nine steps to go through and the principle is like ordering a trip or a hotel on the internet. Normally the logics would be to start from the beginning but the program can handle that any user starts wherever this is possible and advise the user where to go to complete the necessary data.