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Endesa and a consortium of four other companies and three research bodies have today rolled out Project Victoria, an initiative to develop the first dynamic inductive charging system for a bus lane in Spain whereby electric buses will be charged wirelessly while on the move. With a budget of EUR 3,7 million, Project Victoria will run for 21 months.
The project was officially presented at Malaga Town Hall with the city’s Mayor, Francisco de la Torre, Andrea Brentan, CEO of Endesa, and Rafael Márquez, Director General of the Andalusian Energy Agency in attendance. Also present were representatives from the consortium’s other companies: José Luis Calvo, Chairman of Isotrol; Antonio Aguera, Manager of Mansel; Jorge Alberto Gámiz, General Manager of Conacon; and Miguel Ruíz, Manager of Empresa Malagueña de Transportes. The project will be trialled on an electric bus which operates on the city’s number 16 bus route, making Malaga the first Spanish city to incorporate sustainable mobility into its urban public transport system. One of the city’s e-buses will be adapted with triple charging technology whereby it can be charged by the conventional method when parked at the bus depot at night (using charging points), it can also be partially charged at a static inductive or wireless charging station as well as when travelling along a bus lane equipped with a dynamic inductive (wireless) charging system. The last two modes will be carried out using special devices fitted along the bus route. The number 16 route crosses the city parallel to the coastline and also runs through Smartcity Málaga which integrates smart technologies. The e-bus will be able to cover the entire 5-kilometre route solely using this technology which will also make this kind of transport more profitable. The system will be ready at the end of 2014.
Partial recharging increases the range of an e-bus compared to those buses which are only charged at the depot at the end of the day. This substantially improves the vehicle’s profitability and efficiency, the aim being to double the range of electric buses without affecting operating times. Inductive technology also helps reduce the volume and weight of batteries, significantly reducing their cost.
This new triple charging system is entirely innovative on a worldwide level as well as being the first real wireless charging experiment in Spain, a sector Endesa is leading.

Abengoa is leading the Batteries2020 project to develop competitive batteries in terms of cost, performance, safety, reliability and durability for use in electric vehicles.
One of the main challenges of the project, in addition to efficiency, stability and cost, is to maintain the energy output of these batteries over the useful life of the electric vehicle in order to ensure constant levels of power. Abengoa’s researchers are examining the different factors that influence how batteries age and degrade in order to identify the critical parameters that affect performance throughout the life of the battery.
In recent years there has been a huge amount in interest in battery technology research. Nevertheless, there are still a series of challenges to overcome before these batteries can be commercially successful. The Batteries2020 project, which involves nine partners from five EU countries (Spain, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Denmark), has been set up to tackle these challenges arising from the need to integrate all the components in the supply chain, as well as to optimize batteries in general. It therefore combines all the relevant disciplines and competencies, covering the whole of the process, including making the product available to end users.
In its R&D+i activities Abengoa collaborates with nationally and internationally renowned partners and research centers in the field of energy and the environment, developing highly innovative projects and leading multiple research programs that have been selected by the US Department of Energy or the European Union – such as Batteries2020 – as well as numerous other institutions in countries that promote technological development. Innovation has been at the heart of Abengoa’s business from the outset and has enabled it to maintain a competitive advantage in the sectors in which it operates.

After four years of research, CENIT VERDE, a research project into the study and development of technologies to enable the electric vehicle to be integrated and introduced into the Spanish market in a fast, cost-effective and reliable way, came to an end on 31st March. For four years, over 800 professionals from 16 companies and 14 public institutions from different areas of activity have joined forces to develop sustainable alternatives in the automotive arena, infrastructure and energy.

Thanks to the amount of research and innovation achieved, CENIT VERDE has become a reference throughout Europe. The project was managed by SEAT’s Technical Centre, supported by the Ministry for the Economy & Competitivity, managed through CDTI, the Centre for Industrial Technological Development, and coordinated by CTM Technological Centre Foundation. The results were presented on 10th and 11th June at SEAT’s facilities.

The project had total funding of €34 million and has become a European benchmark thanks to its joint
public-private cooperation and the amount of research and innovations developed. The following companies
took part: AIA, Cegasa, Circutor, Cobra, Endesa, Ficosa, GPtech, Iberdrola, Infranor, Lear, Mapro, Red Eléctrica España (REE), Siemens, Rovalma and Técnicas Reunidas. They were led by SEAT’s Technical Centre, and supported by the Ministry for the Economy & Competitivity, managed through CDTI, the Centre for Industrial Technological Development, and coordinated by the CTM Technological Centre Foundation.

Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2013