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Development of a model for calculating and predicting the transport system’s energy consumptions and emissions, with a view to assessing the effect of infrastructure investment and transport policy decisions on these consumptions

E. Pilo A. Fernández-Cardador A.P. Cucala I.J. Pérez-Arriaga L. Rouco I. Hierro A. Ruiz

December 2006 - November 2008

Funding entity CEDEX

Participated by Fundacion de Ferrocarriles Españoles, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Grupo Alsa-Enatcar, Fund. Gral de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Asoc. Esp. de Ingenieros Navales y Oceanográficos


The aim of the project is to construct, develop, adjust and implement a model that will allows us to explain and predict energy consumption (and associated emissions) in the Spanish transport system by using a coherent methodology for all modes of transport, considering all energy uses (construction, operation, maintenance, movement) and the whole energy cycle, starting from source. This will allow us to anticipate and evaluate the effects of the results of the infrastructure or transport policy. As a secondary aim, the work carried out and the dissemination activity envisaged in the project will allow us to determine and evaluate this energy consumption and assess the impact of any type of measure aimed at reducing said consumption, which will be useful for all transport operators.
The project includes new aspects such as taking into consideration the different routes between two points for various modes of transport, or separating consumption from coefficients of occupancy or use of space.
The project will be carried out over a period of 24 months by a group of public and private entities (universities, companies and institutions) which encompass all modes of transport and which will combine theoretical analysis with verification in practice, and physical aspects with econometric aspects.


    Research topics:
  • Efficiency in railways operation
  • Railways power systems

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