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  • Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking proposed by the European Commission to the …
    Europe’s Rail partnership, the successor to the current Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking, has been officially announced today by the European Commission as part of a proposal for the set-up of 10 new European Partnerships under the Horizon Europe programme. All the partnerships share the objective of achieving a climate neutral and digital Europe. Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking will build on the successful results of Shift2Rail’s work with its […]
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MaDe4Rail – Exploring non-traditional and emerging maglev-derived systems

To benefit the rail sector and its final users, our new MaDe4Rail project, worth EUR 1.4 million with 12 partners, is ready to explore non-traditional and emerging maglev-derived systems (MDS) and to evaluate the technical feasibility and effectiveness to introduce MDS in Europe under safety aspects and technical-economic performance. In this article, MaDe4Rail  Coordinator, Giuseppe Carcasi, explains what to expect from the project. Tell us what is encompassed in ‘Innovation on new approaches for guided…

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Results Published in May 2024

Project Results on HVAC Units with Natural Refrigerants DOWNLOAD HERE Description: On the way of introducing the future generation of passenger trains, the Shift2Rail project, PINTA3, takes the step of implementing critical structural components, placing one focal point on eco-friendly Heating, Ventilation Air conditioning, and Cooling (HVAC) systems. It continues the simulation activities from PINTA2 by testing two HVAC units with natural refrigerants, comparing their impact on KPIs with those of conventional systems, and completing…

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Improving Rail’s Energy Supply and Consumption

Rail infrastructure and rolling stock requires a complex electrical network – one that can transform energy from public power supply networks and then distribute this energy along the track to the rail vehicles. Within today’s railway infrastructure, system energy consumption is usually measured at the substations. This consumption tends to be averaged over a defined period, which doesn’t allow for an exact energy analysis. An increasing demand for rail-based journeys means an increased demand for…

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Results Published in April 2024

Report on the Optimisation Tool for Multi-functional Design Solutions DOWNLOAD HERE Description: Multifunctional designs can optimise the overall vehicle system, including its subsystems, by incorporating all functional requirements from the outset. However, especially at the beginning of the design process, when design freedom is high and system understanding is low, this can be challenging. The Topology Optimisation of Binary Structures (TOBS), which was previously introduced as a solution in the Shift2Rail project, PIVOT2, is extended…

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Pods4Rail – Developing a new kind of mobility system

To benefit the rail sector and its final users, our new Pods4Rail project, worth EUR 2.9 million with 15 partners, is ready to substantiate the concept for a digitalised, decentralised mobility service with multimodal interfaces to different transport modes in order to carry out a concept for a door-to-door transport chain based on rail by 2025 and thus contribute to the necessary transformation of the European rail network. In this article, Pods4Rail Coordinator, Dirk Winkler…

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Europe’s Rail Project Results Published in March 2024

Data model and format for a harmonised EU planning of railway assets DOWNLOAD HERE Description: Workstream 2 (WS2) within Flagship Project 1 – MOTIONAL, aims at delivering digital enablers to support the digitalisation across Railway Undertakings (RUs), Infrastructure managers (IMs) and other Rail Industry participants. Work Package (WP) 27 is part of WS2, and aims to deliver the models, format, acceptance criteria, demonstrations, and specifications for railway assets. This deliverable D27.1 represents the first step…

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