The objective of the research programme is to define, design and validate a ground based power supply system, applicable to all electrically powered urban transport systems (tramways, GLT, light rail); This system constitutes an innovation response to limit the insertion requirements of urban public transport systems: -by canceling the visual impact of O.H.L. (city center) -by reducing the height and with clearance of the platform (tunnel, bridge) -by suppressing the foundation works necessary to O.H.L. (bridge works). Ground based power supply relies on a discontinuous segmented 3rd rail switched on and off as the vehicle moves along the track. The system is based on select state swiching devices with built in safety features and does not require any particular infrastructure or civil works.
Funding SchemeCRS - Cooperative research contracts