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Determining system-wide energy use in an established metro network

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jonathan PowellORCiD, Paul Batty, Dr Arturo Gonzalez Gil, Professor Roberto Palacin



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).


Energy is becoming an increasingly important topic in all transport systems. However, when evaluating alternative methods for the optimisation of energy use, it is vital to obtain a thorough understanding of the energy flows within the system. While new systems generally have comprehensive automatic energy metering and monitoring of their components, there is much legacy infrastructure without this capability. This article develops a methodology to determine a breakdown of energy use for the Tyne and Wear Metro, the results of which are compared with other railway systems. This is complemented by an investigation into the energy consumption of stabled rolling stock.

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Author(s): Powell JP, Batty P, González-Gil A, Palacin R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part F: Rail and Rapid Transit

Year: 2017

Volume: 231

Issue: 5

Pages: 570-577

Print publication date: 01/05/2017

Online publication date: 18/10/2016

Acceptance date: 11/09/2016

Date deposited: 14/12/2016

ISSN (print): 0954-4097

ISSN (electronic): 2041-3017

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0954409716674748


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