Improving Sustainability of Regional Railway Services

The project aims to develop an integrated model for dynamic monitoring and prediction of CO2 emissions of a regional railway service, taking into account the whole energy cycle - the energy production, delivery and consumption (Well-to-Wheel, WTW), as well as railway vehicles life cycle. The research will focus on a regional railway network (Northern Lines) and the regional passenger railway service. Possibilities and measures to improve the energy efficiency of railway operation and to reduce the total emissions on the network will be identified. Diesel traction, as the only traction option currently in use will be considered in the first stage of the project. Later stages will include alternative energy carriers such as biodiesel, batteries and hydrogen.  

The project is performed in close cooperation with Arriva, the largest regional railway operator in the Netherlands. It runs from 2018 to 2022. 

A video about the project can be found here.

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