RECOVERY AND UTILIZATION OF ENERGY FROM VIBRATIONS PRODUCED ON RAILWAY TRACKS
Project co-financed by the European Economic Area financial mechanism (EEA-GRANTS)
Ref: IDI- 20140938
The main objective of this project is to develop an energy harvesting system able to convert part of the mechanical energy losses generated during train circulation into electricity. To achieve this objective, mechanical losses produced in railways (mechanical stresses, vibrations) will be analyzed and modeled to develop a device, based magnetostrictive materials, able to convert these mechanical losses into electrical energy ready to be use in safety applications. Finally, the developed prototypes will be installed in a test section to validate the performance and viability of the system.
Due to the large number of railways displayed in Europe and the wide use of this means of transport, the possibility to recover part of energy losses produced in the railways could allow really significant energy savings while improving transport safety.
For the implementation of this project a multidisciplinary Consortium has been formed:
VIAS Y CONSTRUCCIONES (VIAS) is a construction firm that belongs to one of the world’s largest construction and services groups (ACS group), with over 80 years’ experience. Headquartered in Madrid (Spain), its business focuses primarily on major projects for railways, motorways and roads, airports, water works, coastal works and ports, industrial works and urban development, environmental works, buildings, etc.
VIAS plays a leading role in civil-works building in Spain, especially in the construction of major railway projects and maintenance of railway infrastructure. VIAS currently carries out maintenance of over 1700 km of high speed railway lines and over 1400 km of conventional railroad lines. To that effect, VIAS is part of a multidisciplinary group, VIAS Group, covering expertise in railway network construction & maintenance (VIAS), railway energy systems engineering, construction & maintenance (ELECTREN); and rail freight transportation (CONTINENTAL RAIL, SICSA), among others.
TELICE: Telice S.A., dedicated since 1973 to the design, installation, and maintenance of various systems in the field of technology, especially applied to the railway sector. The fundamental basis of our company is the ability to run effectively and efficiently, with the appropriate levels of quality, safety and performance of the resources employed and a professional organization.
Our specialists perform a wide range of complex tasks related to the installation and maintenance of signaling and railway communications systems, overhead contact line, in medium and low voltage power distribution, either as a main contractor or subcontractor.
TELICE currently has 150 experienced and motivated professionals: technical studies and logistics, site managers, managers, technical and staff of construction and Assembly. Our Organization for contracts is simple: Chiefs of work skilled and motivated, with broad authority, oriented to the customer, glued to the work but with capacity management and strongly supported by the central services which makes that our customers benefit from our concept of directly providing most of the services because it simplifies the requirements. It speeds up, makes the execution flexible and results in a cost saving and accomplishes deadlines.
LEITAT: is a Technological Center, member of TECNIO and recognized by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, that aims to collaborate with companies and institutions by adding technological value both to products and processes, and focuses its activity on research, development and industrial innovation (R+D+2i).
As Technological Partner, the Center is clearly committed to adaptation to transform the technological challenges into economic and social value. Since its foundation in 1906, LEITAT has prioritized its vocation of proximity by strengthening the principles of professionalism and respect to people and environment at the same time.
SINTEF: is the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia. The SINTEF Group is structured into several research divisions, which have been defined in terms of value chains and industrial market clusters.
SINTEF has approximately 2100 employees, 1500 of which are located in Trondheim and 420 in Oslo. We have offices in Bergen,Porsgrunn, Tromsø, Raufoss and Ålesund, in addition to offices in Houston, Texas (USA), Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), Chile, and a laboratory in Hirtshals (Denmark) . SINTEF’s head office is in Trondheim.