January 5, 2023 16:31

Three ways of sustainable urban mobility

The EIT Urban Mobility are looking for answers to the decarbonization of transport in three different, yet interconnected ways. Green Brother plays a unique role in the Hungarian ecosystem

The EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Centers are looking for answers to the decarbonization of transport in three different, yet interconnected ways, as they simultaneously offer new solutions for energy management, goods delivery, and public transport - thereby eliminating harmful emissions in the long term and improving the quality of life of the local population. Our country is one of the 12 European countries where regional project sites have been established and applications aimed at sustainable mobility have been tested - with the help of their partner, Green Brother, who plays a unique role in the Hungarian system. By the way, the professional community operates centers in Helmond, Munich, Copenhagen, Barcelona, and Prague to bring the most innovative tools of sustainable mobility to market even faster.

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which brings together the continent's largest innovation community, entrusted the centers of the EIT Urban Mobility network with the task of "connecting cities with industry players, universities and research centers to overcome the most pressing transport challenges", explained Traian Urban, Director of Innovation Hub East, EIT Urban Mobility. "This is a great opportunity for Hungarian cities to draw inspiration from other European cities and implement new mobility solutions," he added.

The strategies of EIT Urban Mobility are built on each other: firstly, the energy management of the currently unprepared urban infrastructures would be developed to build an efficient fast-charging network for fully electric vehicles (EVs). This is important because of the EU's long-term carbon-neutral strategy: the union wants to fundamentally change the vehicle industry by the target date of 2050, and one of the biggest obstacles to the spread of EVs is the currently incomplete fast charging network. If vehicle charging is to be made available in homes, workplaces, and public parking lots, the electricity grid must also be rethought. This is served by the center's PowerManagement strategy, which would support the power distribution and supply of infrastructures with a one-stop solution, with the help of a robust SW platform, with reduced installation costs.

At the same time, the electrification and automation of last-mile goods delivery are being developed, since vehicle traffic in urban environments - that is, congestion, the number of accidents, the lack of parking spaces, as well as air and noise pollution - would be significantly reduced if deliveries were carried out by self-driving vehicles such as Ona robot tested in Debrecen as part of the LogiSmile project.

It took three or four days of fine-tuning before we could release the robot. The first few times we had to intervene, but then he moved at such a pace that we also ran after him." László Mátyus, Innovation And Service Development Director Of DKV Zrt

The fully autonomous freight delivery system, led by CARNET and supported by EIT Urban Mobility, has only been tested in two other cities, Esplugues de Llobregat in Spain and Hamburg in Germany. At each location, they researched how robots interact with other vehicles or people. The data from the 2022 test period supports the improvement of the system and the licensing of vehicles.

Source of picture: https://forbes.hu

The circle of sustainability is completed with the decarbonization of public transport: with the electric buses of the eUltimate program, several charging technologies and operating schemes were tested - in a total of seven Hungarian settlements - to outline the most optimal system for the routes of the given city. In each case, this required individual planning, as there are as many different road and tram networks as there are localities - not to mention the possibilities for docking and charging vehicles. Speaking of which, EIT Urban Mobility's plans for 2023 include developing a project to combine street lighting and EV charging. By the way, the center's position is that cities would be able to relatively quickly create an infrastructure that would enable a wider adaptation of EVs.

Source: https://forbes.hu

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Green Brother, the Hungarian member of the EIT Urban Mobility RIS HUB network. The mission of Green Brother is to build an industry-focused business network community that works for decarbonizing Europe by connecting and inspiring innovators of green industries, circular economy, and mobility.