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Vivens joins train energy management organisation Eress

3 August 2015  •  Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review

Eress, the organisation committed to implementing a standard energy management and billing system on trains, has welcomed its seventh partner Dutch energy procurement cooperative Vivens.

Vivens joins train energy management organisation Eress

Ralph Luijt representing Vivens and Terje Stømer, Chairman of Eress Board of Directors.

Eress, the non-profit organisation consisting of Banedanmark (Rail Net Denmark), Infrabel (Belgian Railway Infrastructure Manager), Jernbaneverket (Norwegian National Rail Administration), Trafikverket (Swedish Transport Administration), Liikennevirasto (Finnish Transport Agency), SBB CFF FFS (Swiss Federal Railways), has announced Dutch energy procurement cooperative Vivens will joint its partners in the development, implementation and supply of Erex, a standardized system for managing and billing consumed energy on trains.

Erex allows Infrastructure Managers to control and receive accurate energy bills from each train. With this data, they send accurate bills to each of the train operators running on their national and cross border tracks. For train operators, Erex means that they pay just for what they use, since bills are based on precise energy measurement rather than estimates. In addition, energy consumption patterns can be analysed in order to lower consumption and costs in the future.

On welcoming its seventh partner, Eress Director, Dyre Martin Gulbrandsen, said: “We are delighted to announce that from today Vivens from The Netherlands becomes Eress 7th partner. As an energy procurement cooperative, Vivens brings a new set of forces into Eress partnership. Prorail, the Netherlands Railways (NS), Veolia, Arriva, and Connexxion, are some of the organizations involved in Vivens. For Eress it is very rewarding to see that the partnership continues growing and that our daily work brings results on reducing energy consumption on trains across Europe. Eress, with its Erex system, has become a European platform for settling energy onboard. The core of Eress has always been collaboration and we are grateful for working together with some of the best and most efficient organizations in Europe, like the Dutch railways.”

“As one of the biggest electricity consumers in the Netherlands, the Dutch railways are making a remarkable job reducing energy consumption. As of 2018, all electric trains in the Netherlands will be running on green wind power, producing no CO2 emissions at all, enabling passengers to be truly green as they travel. Vivens is a clear example on how to continuously improve energy efficiency, while changing to 100% green electricity and we are very pleased to welcome them as our 7th partner,” concludes Gulbrandsen.

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