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Research project: TransEnergy - Road to Rail Energy Exchange (R2REE) (EP/N022289/1)

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The TransEnergy Road to Rail Energy Exchange project is an innovative technical and socio-economic research collaboration to provide energy buffering services to rail transport systems and electric vehicles. It will enable a step change reduction in road and rail energy demand with attractive options to support adoption.

The project objectives are:

  1. To provide an energy storage demonstrator system which allows long-term testing of line-side energy storage
  2. To facilitate electric road vehicle (EV) road to rail (R2R) energy exchange
  3. To provide the tools to optimise rail operation, infrastructure and timetable to reduce energy use
  4. To develop the communications, control and interfacing needed to effectively utilise energy storage in transport
  5. To understand consumer acceptance and motivations to develop a viable mechanism whereby the vehicle owners can benefit in exchange for their car, bus or truck being part of line-side storage on the rail network
  6. Address legislative issues, through-life and cradle-to-grave costs of implementation

 Southampton will lead on item 4) above.

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