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Day: March 18, 2021

Pilsen finished tests of new battery technology

The Pilsen City Public Transport Company (PMDP) has successfully finished its pilot in the Interreg EfficienCE project, namely a series of tests of a battery buffer storage station at the final station of trolleybus line 16. During eight test phases, each of them consisting of a five-days working week, various cases of usage have been tested. The tests started on the 11th January and finished on the 5th March, as given by the preliminary schedule. Considering the current conditions, including both unusually cold weather in the Winter and restrictions caused by the antipandemic measures, this was a successful achievement.

Photo: Battery buffer storage station in Pilsen (PMDP)

The number of drivers to be isolated due to COVID-positive test or contact with a positively tested person is luckily still very low, so there were no reductions needed in the traffic volume on both trolleybus lines, 14 and 16, operating in the tested area. The only complication during the testing of the battery station was the decision to set as many articulated trolleybuses as possible on line 15, operating in the industrial area of the city, to minimize the risks of contamination among the workers. Due to this, only eight articulated trolleybuses could be operated on line 16 (line 14 is operated by standard trolleybuses only). 

The detailed analysis of the tests will be done by Gdańsk University of Technology, PMDP’s co-partner within the Interreg EfficienCE project. The analysis will provide concrete data that can be helpful for a definitive decision whether the buffer storage battery station is a perspective technology for future development of the trolleybus network or not. However, a positive preliminary result of the test series is that there was no malfunction registered during the whole testing period, neither on the battery station itself nor on the infrastructure nor on the vehicles. The technology itself can be considered as reliable, while the awaited detailed analysis will decide whether it is economically sustainable as well.

Source: Interreg EfficienCE

Author of the article: PMDP

Cover photo: PMDP

What can public transport do to support sustainable workplace mobility?

Predominant car-traffic infrastructure, shortage of public transport services, and hostility to active mobility are challenges that many cities face at the periphery of their cities. To support sustainable workplace mobility, public transport can develop a key role when planning for low-carbon mobility offers beyond administrative boundaries, as the general service area usually reaches into or covers the functional urban area (FUA). Thus, public transport operators can reach out to all important stakeholders and users, to understand their perspectives and needs. As mobility providers and planners, they have the expertise to co-develop solutions to mobility problems. This was realized in an integrated planning process at the level of the FUA in both Leipzig (DE) and Szeged (HU), based on a continuous dialogue with local companies in the planning areas, which resulted in the development of detailed action plans for sustainable workplace mobility for the two planning areas.

The close communication and interaction with their target group in the LOW-CARB project enabled the public transport operators LVB and SZKT and their partners to develop integrated measure packages that support attractive, intelligent, connected and, above all, intermodal mobility offers – from bus and rail, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic to sharing systems. Furthermore, the dialogue was used to create awareness and acceptance of existing low-carbon transport offers and to promote active mobility.

Find out more in the LOW-CARB recommendations for low-carbon mobility planning with companies in suburban areas (in EN).

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