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European distribution and urban rail networks face common issues, as both have been developed as independent networks, relying on the resilience and robustness of existing power supplies. However, the progressive penetration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) has introduced an increasing degree of uncertainty on the future nature of power flows.
UITP participated in the EU-funded research project ‘E-LOBSTER’ (Electric LOsses Balancing through integrated STorage and power Electronics towards increased synergy between Railways and electricity distribution networks), coordinated by RINA. This project aimed at developing an innovative R+G (Railway to Grid) management system which – combined with advanced power electronics – will be able to reduce electricity losses in both the power distribution network and the light railway network.
This project brief presents the main achievements and innovative solutions that were derived. It provides an overview of the methodology, findings and key takeaways from the E-LOBSTER project.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774392.