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Energy Management - Articles and news items

Millions of pounds to be potentially saved on the railway’s non-traction energy bills

Rail industry news / 20 April 2017 /

A new guidance has been published by the RSSB which highlights how the rail industry could potentially save millions in energy bills.

Introduction of energy metering, settlement and billing at SBB

Issue 1 2016 / 4 February 2016 /

In 2012, the Board of SBB (the Swiss Federal Railways) decided on a new energy strategy, with efficiency and saving being one of the strategic directions. SBB plans to reduce its yearly energy consumption by 600 GWh, which is about 20% of its total energy consumption, by 2025. Approximately 80% of the total SBB energy consumption is produced by its own hydro power stations. With the planned reduction, SBB intends to operate exclusively on electricity from renewable sources, thus supporting the strategy of Switzerland for sustainable energy production and consumption. SBB’s Gisela Hinrichs, Programme Manager for Energy Settlement and Billing, and John Hegarty, Programme Manager for Energy Metering, explain further…

Deutsche Bahn partners with GE to optimise rail power supply

Rail industry news / 5 November 2015 /

Deutsche Bahn Energie GmbH (DB Energie) has selected GE Energy Management to ensuring a more efficient and constant rail power supply.

Vivens joins train energy management organisation Eress

Rail industry news / 3 August 2015 /

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.

How much longer can we afford to wait?

Issue 5 2012 / 19 September 2012 /

Terje Stømer, Energy Director from Jernbaneverket, comments on the importance of using actual energy consumption data from trains for billing purposes.

The path to a more competitive railway runs through efficient and reliable measuring of energy consumption. Correct measuring of actual consumption is the key to a more effective, environmentally-friendly and economical railway. Through the understanding of their actual energy consumption, train operators can improve their rolling stock, driving style and operation, and thus enhance not only their own, but in fact the entire competitiveness of the railway sector. So, the need to manage energy consumption is obvious. But in order to manage, we have to measure and handle the data coming out from meters, i.e. related to international traffic information and how to correctly invoice train operators.

Today, the energy consumption used by train operators is mostly estimated, based on weight and distance. This model provides no incentives for improving efficiency; the price is the same regardless of the actual consumption. But more importantly, the model provides no opportunity for improvement. Without measure ment, control is impossible, and efficiency becomes just a word.

Next generation energy settlement system: Immediate saving, increased competitiveness

Issue 5 2012 / 19 September 2012 /

Eress is an open partnership between infrastructure managers Banedanmark, Infrabel, Jernbaneverket and Trafikverket. A non-profit organisation, jointly owned by its partners, Eress is committed to the development, implementation and supply of the Erex energy settlement system – a system that gives train operators total control over their train’s actual energy consumption. For European Railway Review, Dyre Martin Gulbrandsen, Director of Eress, explains how Erex has been developed and what the advantages are, and further on in the article, Terje Stømer from Jernbaneverket comments on the importance of using actual energy consumption data from trains for billing purposes.

As the leading energy settlement system on the market, Erex offers infrastructure managers the chance to strengthen railway transport through increased competiveness. Having been developed by the users, the system also offers a unique opportunity to lead instead of follow technological development.

“Over recent years, Erex has proven its position as the leading energy settlement system on the market,” says Dyre Martin Gulbrandsen. “It gives train operators total control over the trains’ actual energy consumption.