Bus operators, public transport authorities and other European bus stakeholders met on 14 September in Barcelona in the first EBSF_2 User Group meeting to discuss the project activities in the field of energy strategies and auxiliaries.
This first meeting served as an introduction to the EBSF_2 project and brought together participants from cities working on innovative solutions for bus systems. Via the User Group, the EBSF_2 project will follow the progress made in these cities and will enlarge the assessment and validation of the EBSF_2 tests and results.
The workshop featured presentations by the Barcelona demonstration leader, Irizar, on technologies for energy management currently tested on-board electric buses operated by TMB. The leader of the EBSF_2 demonstration in Helsinki, VTT, presented their intelligent and adaptive control of auxiliary systems, designed for electric buses as well. MZA, the Public Transport Operator of Warsaw, presented an energy saving solution based on photovoltaic panels - more than 140 diesel buses have been already equipped with such technology on the roof to help charging on-board electronic equipment. In a dedicated working session the User Group members discussed the impact of energy management and thermal control on the efficiency of bus operation. They also made recommendations on additional promising solutions which require further research and development, such as doors management jointly with bus stop design to reduce the loss of indoor climate during passengers boarding or alighting.
Participants of the User Group also attended the Barcelona Local Demonstration Event which featured in depth presentations about the demonstration and a technical visit to the charging stations and Irizar buses at the TMB Triangle depot.