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January 23, 2020

 Road tunnels and technology in an operational perspective
Arild Petter Sovik, Tunntech Global News

Workshop on New Energy Carrier Vehicles

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21 February 2019, Utrecht, Netherland                         

The world is facing a huge energy challenge. Fossil fuels are 'out-dated‘ and sustainable alternatives are the unquestionable future. This will be the topic of the ITA-COSUF workshop on New Energy Carrier Vehicles in underground transportation facilities on the 21st of February 2019.

New energy carriers are pushing into the transportation market with battery electric vehicles (BEV) being the current front runners – a fact leading to questions about potential new safety risks emerging from new energy carriers systems: What kind of impact do theses new risks have on our safety systems? What is the meaning and consequences of all these developments for road tunnel managers, fire brigades, administrative authorities, other stakeholders and – last but not least – the users?

How dangerous are these new vehicles when they get involved in a tunnel fire, eventually combined with other energy carrier systems or conventional fuel driven cars that are still in operation? What are the challenges for the fire brigades to suppress a fire with a battery-powered electric car or a hydrogen fuel cell car? Without any doubt, additional research – and also policy making – is required to answer such lingering questions in order to ensure availability and safety of our road network and corresponding underground facilities. The workshop will end with a round table discussion summarizing the main issues for tunnel operation managers, safety officers, emergency services, administrative authorities and insurance. A list of urgent research needs identified during the expert meeting the day before will be presented. Further, ITA-COSUF is working on a whitepaper on the topic of new risks and corresponding research needs emerging from new energy carrier vehicles in underground transportation facilities.

Weblink: www.ita-cosuf.org

Last modified on Thursday, 14 March 2019 09:36
Arild Petter Sovik

Editor, Tunntech Global News

E-mail:  arild.sovik@tunntech.no
Phone:  +47 950 88 793


News coverage based on many years of experience from key positions in the industry. Former National Tunnel Manager at the road authorities (NO), senior principal development manager at a major tunnel contractor company (NO) and experience from a wide number of activities in national and international networks. 


Website: www.sovikconsulting.no
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