Macroplan was selected as energy efficiency advisor for Aarhus Light Rail project. During the acquisition process Macroplan has evaluated the actual energy requirements in the Invitation to tender, as well as being part of the team behind the evaluation of tenders, resulting in a detailed energy efficiency assessment of each tenderer’s project proposal. There was considerable differences in energy efficiecy among the participating tenders.
This procurement project was the first of its kind in Denmark, and the first ever where the UIC/UNIFE standard on energy efficiency was applied in a light rail transit procurement project. Light Rail is normally seen as a very energy efficient mode of transport.
The evaluation took place prior to the final decision for procuring the Stadler/Ansaldo STS light rail system for Aarhus Light Rail Transit, see official press release here (in Danish).
Macroplan has developed an online tool offered to explain how to use the tools and standards coming out of Railenergy, the biggest collaborative European rail research project for energy efficiency to date. It is available directly on the project website: www.railenergy.eu.
The tools use videos and animations as part of an easy and understandable approach to the complex topic of energy calculation.
Learning about the RAILENERGY calculator
The tool helps system integrators assessing technologies to be used in future competitive rail vehicles and infrastructure components. Likewise, railway operators and infrastructure managers will benefit by being able to evaluate the operational, technical and strategic investment opportunities for energy efficiency solutions within procurement, leasing, operation and maintenance of railway systems.
The strategic evaluation is based on a simplified cost benefit/cost effectiveness methodology including a strong lifecycle perspective. The tool enables the optimal mix of energy efficiency strategies to be defined at either vehicle or network level, with respect to energy efficiency and costs (e.g. investments, payback time) regarding both possible techniques as well as uncertainty in the planning process (future traffic) and tariffs.
Learning about TecRec 100_001 â€œSpecification and verification of energy consumption for railway rolling stockâ€
Technical Recommendation 100_001 is a direct output of the RAILENERGY project and applicable for the specification and verification of energy consumption railway rolling stock. The criterion for the energy consumption of rolling stock, as set forth in the present document, is the total net energy consumed â€“ either via the rail pantograph or from the fuel tank â€“ over a predefined service profile, which is either taken from the future operation of the train, or according to a standardised typical profile valid for the specific service category of trains. This method secures directly comparable results by and representing the real operation of a train.
The general purpose of this Technical Recommendation is to provide a comparative framework to evaluate energy performance values for train sets or locomotives on a common basis, thereby benchmarking and improving the energy efficiency of all types of rail vehicles.
For more information about this product contact Director Mads Bergendorff.
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.