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Energy harvesTing for signAlLing and cOmmunicatioN systems

Objective

The ETALON project focus is the adaptation of energy harvesting methodologies for trackside and on-board signaling and communication devices. The project scope is divided into two work-streams. The first is the development of competitive solutions for enhancing train integrity functionalities, including provision of suitable energy supply for on board train integrity devices. This is particularly targeted at cases where trains (especially freight trains) do not have any power supply available on the wagons, emphasis is also placed on considering the proposition of a robust communication system that will overcome on-board communication issues within the rail environment. The second work-stream focuses on the development of competitive energy harvesting solutions for enhancing trackside object controller deployment, with the vision to minimizing trackside infrastructure, especially cabling.

Specifically relevant to the S2R, the ETALON project Technical Objectives are to:
1: Identify, adapt and validate effective solutions for on-board Train Integrity radio communication systems (including antennas suitable to be installed in the queue of a very long train);
2: Identify, adapt and validate effective energy generation solutions for feeding on-board Train Integrity systems;
3: Identify the most suitable energy harvesting solution for new trackside Object Controllers, considering both a technical and economic point of view;
4: Demonstrate the efficiency of proposed energy harvesting solutions for trackside Object Controllers, ensuring appropriate safety considerations;

As a result of these activities, ETALON will specify and develop energy harvesting solutions to support on-board train integrity and trackside object controllers which are economically viable and suitable for application, particularly considering modern radio communication requirements and safety critical aspects. The prototypes will be tested and validated in controlled as well as real environments.
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Coordinator

UNION DES INDUSTRIES FERROVIAIRES EUROPEENNES - UNIFE

Address

Avenue Louise 221
1050 Bruxelles

Belgium

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 140 000

Participants (9)

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SIRTI - SOCIETA PER AZIONI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 164 843,75

ARDANUY INGENIERIA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 173 062,50

RINA CONSULTING

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 67 500

ERGA OSE AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 140 250

ISTITUTO SUPERIORE MARIO BOELLA SULLE TECNOLOGIE DELL'INFORMAZIONE E DELLE TELECOMUNICAZIONI ASSOCIAZIONE

Italy

FONDAZIONE LINKS - LEADING INNOVATION & KNOWLEDGE FOR SOCIETY

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 270 500

PERPETUUM LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 353 946,25

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 241 396,25

VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V BRNE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 148 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 777576

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2017

  • End date

    29 February 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.8.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 699 998,75

  • EU contribution

    € 1 699 998,75

Coordinated by:

UNION DES INDUSTRIES FERROVIAIRES EUROPEENNES - UNIFE

Belgium