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Endesa is the only Spanish utility, and one of just two representatives from the European electricity sector, to be included in the consortium involved in the EC’s Project ZeEUS (Zero Emission Urban Bus System). This pioneering initiative, which kicks off today, intends to demonstrate the economic, environmental and social viability of electric urban buses.
With a budget of EURO 22.2 million and scheduled to run for 42 months, Project ZeUS is included in the EC’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).
The consortium has 40 partners including top flight European companies and institutions such as Eurelectric, Vatenfall, Volvo, Skoda, UITP (Union Internationale Des Transports Publics), IDIADA, Bus Transport For London, Universita Degli Studi Di Roma La Sapienza, ASSTRA (Associazione Trasporti). Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona (TMB) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Irizar, GMV and Enide are other Spanish partners which, together with Endesa, will carry out demonstration tests in Barcelona, the only Spanish city to be included in the project. Project ZeEUS will be trialled in eight cities including Barcelona, Bonn, Rome, Pilsen, Munster and one city in Italy (to be determined) where electric buses will be used. Meanwhile London, Glasgow and Stockholm will trial hybrid, extended-range vehicles.
The Barcelona demonstration project, involving Endesa, includes four buses and four rapid charging facilities at the city’s bus depot. Endesa will be responsible for:
Designing a smart system to manage the charging process.
Monitoring the impact of the various charging processes on the quality of the electricity grid.
Liaising with other European e-mobility projects such as Green eMotion, and dissemination via Eurelectric.

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    The consortium representing the Twenties European project presented the conclusions of this pioneering R+D+i initiative coordinated by Red Eléctrica de España (REE) to the European Commission in Brussels in the middle of June. Its aim was to push forward development of new technologies to enable the incorporation on a large scale of wind energy in the European electricity system and, with this, contribute to achieving the EU’s energy goals for 2020.

    During the three-year duration of the project, the 26 partners in the consortium, from ten EU member states plus one associated country, have validated, using six demonstrations at real scale, different technologies which contribute to a greater and better integration of wind energy – both on and off-shore – in the electricity system and which demonstrate a greater efficiency of that system, by achieving a reduction of total generating costs, of carbon emissions and of the risk of renewable energy dumping.

    The Twenties initiative had a €57 million budget, of which €32 million were financed by the European Commission as part of the seventh Framework Programme for Research.

    Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2013

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