Brief summary of AGGRI FP7 Rail Seminar 1st July 2011
The Transport KTN supported the AGGRI FP7 rail seminar on 1st July 2011. This event was a useful opportunity to:
A brief overview of some of the salient points from the afternoon is summarised below. Note that this was a very information-rich afternoon, and this article can't hope to do justice to all the speakers or their content. The presentations and a number of other documents referenced at the event can be accessed by logging in and viewing the documents in the document library/clicking the relevant links in this blog posting.
Horizon2020 - the sequel to FP7
Some key points to note here:
· Focus is on cross-sector work (i.e. not specific to road/rail/marine or aero) that holistically addresses the societal challenges.
· Not looking for research for the sake of research – production of demonstrators is sought.
· Additional support will be made available to make sure that research is turned into products, jobs and services, focusing on innovation and exploitation including developing patents and inter-EU collaborative knowledge sharing activities.
· UK needs a single strong vision of what Transport prize to go for – currently has the equivalent of a “shopping list” depending on who shouts the loudest – ideas include suburban transport or high speed trains.
· UK has been successful in gaining funding – had projects in all 6 areas of rail efficiency and got 18% of the available budget (more than France, Italy or Germany). Other countries see the UK as a good partner to involve with – we have developed a strategic approach to engaging with European research.
· We actively engage in setting the research priorities and evaluating impacts - this means that we are properly aligned and aware of what is relevant.
· €20m investment gives access to €80m knowledge. Participation is driven for right reasons – pursuing business objectives, capitalising on opportunities, growing the business.
All proposals get a 2-3 hour reading and discussion at the Commission.
Successful projects score highly by including such areas as:
· Innovation – is it genuinely fresh and new, rather than a re-work of something already around– this is the key one that experts really like
· Describe the state of the art – don’t expect the reader to know everything that you do about current thinking and technology
· Work on partnerships – especially current and long term plans for involvement with SMEs
· Risk - what are you doing about it? Do you have a plan b?
· Exploitation and open-ness – what do you plan to do during/afterwards? How/will you share beyond the consortium? Remember, this is public money you’re bidding for and they like you to be open – consider going public e.g. a conference for stakeholders, setting up a website, establishing a knowledge exchange network….
European railway energy roadmap – towards 2030
· Monitoring systems (timescale 2020)
· Reuse of kinetic energy (timescale 2020)
· Smart grids and the multiplication of energy sources (intelligent distribution and storage of energy comprising rolling stock, infrastructure etc with a potential interface to the public grid and the ability of timely balancing the energy flow) (timescale 2030)
· Lighter trains 2015 – tech transfer from aero and auto
· Lighter trains – weight reduction on urban and passenger trains
· Hybrid traction – multiple power sources for traction
· Energy Efficient Auxiliaries
· Next gen of power semi conductor
· Sector smart grids (seems to be unavoidable!)
· Advanced traction energy supply
· Infrastructure sections without catenary
· Feeding kinetic energy to the public grid
· Standardization of energy efficient driving
· Traffic flow management
· Parked trains management
· Innovative propulsion – hydrogen energy, however this may not be as applicable to trains for the next 10-20 years.
ERRAC will run workshops on each of the areas of interest, open to everybody. ERRAC will distribute a template where you can see which companies are interested in each so there is a global view of who is interested in what. Please submit your company name to ERRAC by September.
Presentations available (please log in to view these) in the document library
All the above documents are available to logged-in members from the relevant event folder in the documents library.
Other info including the current draft Transport Work Programme and FP7 Sustainable Transport Research Project Synopsis - download the PDF (useful to look at this if you’re looking to build on a project in the future) is available to download from the European Commission site. There is a European Commission White Paper on Transport - if someone can post a comment including a link to the website location, this would be appreciated, as we can't find it, only references to it!
For your diary
23-26 April 2012 (Athens) - European Transport Research Arena on Sustainable Mobility Through Innovation. Looking to have 900-1000 delegates from across all modes.
18/19th July – Brussels – FP7 information days including 3 min “elevator” pitches