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ETALON: Energy Harvesting for Signalling and Communication System

ETALON: Energy Harvesting for Signalling and Communication System

ETALON investigated energy supply for on-board and trackside systems. Sometimes, power supply is not available on train wagons. ETALON provided a solution. This will enhance train integrity.

Project leader

Dr Christian Ulianov

Dr Paul Hyde

Partners

unife

Sirti

Ardanuy

D'Appolonia

ERGOSE

ISMB

perpetuum

BRNO University of Technology

Description

ETALON adapts energy harvesting methodologies for trackside and on-board signalling and communication. The project enhances train integrity functionalities. It does this by providing a suitable energy supply for on-board train integrity. This is particularly targeted at cases where power supply is not available on the train wagons. It also provides a robust radio communication system between vehicles that could be the basis for a train integrity check.

ETALON also helps to reduce cost. It provides an energy harvesting solution for Smart Radio connected wayside objects. It implements an off-board radio communication system with object controllers. This could minimise trackside infrastructure, particularly cabling.

Newcastle University contributed to five of the work packages:

  • WP2: System Architectures, Specifications and Technical Coherence
  • WP3: Communication Solutions
  • WP4: Energy Harvesting Solutions
  • WP5: Prototype Development, Validation and Testing of the Proposed Solutions
  • WP7: Outreach and Networking

We contributed to the specification, design and development of the on-train and trackside energy harvesting solutions and the on-train communication system. We also played a role in the design and implementation of testing and validation of the prototype systems. This included the leading role in the laboratory and controlled environment testing of the prototypes.

Website: http://etalon-project.eu/