Nowadays demand for the growth in transport and in railway sector is increasing more and more. In particular, European railways have to deliver increased productivity to fulfil the growth demand across all modes in freight and passenger services by 80% and 50% respectively by 2050.
In2Rail aims at the optimisation of the design of core infrastructure elements as well as the improvement of the management of the railway system through three technical sub-projects:
In2Rail is characterised by an holistic approach; the main objective of RINA involvement in the project was related to the design of an open system dedicated to the fine mapping of energy flows within the whole Railway System.
RINA activities in the project were mainly related to the definition of the architecture for the Smart Metering for Railway Distributed Energy Resource Management System (RDERMS).
Moreover, we contributed in the definition of the technical specifications and in the identification of the interfaces and communication between the different involved on-board and wayside subsystems. The User Application needs and their definition are also included; relevant user groups and functional users needs for applications have been identified.
Finally, our activities were also dedicated to the preparation of the planning, the Product Breakdown Structure (PBS) and the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
In2Rail contributed to lay the foundations for further work in the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking and to achieve the objectives of the Transport White Paper.
In particular, In2Rail impacts are relevant to surge of the utilization of capacity; this was achieved by increasing of 20% of the line capacity, by allowing all railway stakeholders to become active energy decision makers and contribute to enhance the line operation timetables. Accurate energy measurement leads also to energy savings and predicted energy usage that increases capacity without upgrading the electrical infrastructure.
Regarding the reduction in the recurrent costs of rail operation, main results are relevant to the use of intelligent energy measurement tools, reduction of transmission losses (by up to 50%), improved management of parked train lighting and air conditioning/heating, and predictive maintenance, by continuous monitoring of energy consumption variations from expected values.
Concerning savings in investment costs (up to 30%), main achievements are achieved by the reduction of installed power, whilst achieving the same capacity with increased reliability.