By: Lesley Brown
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ACIDD summer workshop 2017 – achievements & lessons learned
… chapter two: transitional disruption in mobility
The passenger transport sector, like freight, is going through a new revolution. So the question raised at ACIDD’s summer workshop was: which developments are going to transform the sector in the coming years, what kinds of new disruption and game play between the actors involved?
Christian Dubost, sustainable development director at French Railways (SNCF) (interview) flagged up one of the main challenges: “The problem with transport is the lack of information, the lack of clear data. For example, there are no carbon footprint obligations for projects because it’s so complicated and engineers today don’t know how to do it.”
For his part, Michel Derdevet, secretary general at French electricity distributor Enedis (interview) highlighted the challenge of developing electric vehicles [EVs]: “The revolution we need is smart meters. Because uptake of these vehicles will entail knowing how to manage peaks in demand.”
Discover or replay these 40 minutes of impassioned debate: video (also with Philippe Mangeard, president of TK Blue et Roger Ruiz, communications director at Communauté d’agglomération du Pays Basque).
Tomorrow, many EVs may well be driven by fuel cells, powered by hydrogen! Well, this is the vision put forward by Stéphane Aver, president, Aaqius, in his mini-conference: “Hydrogen is the energy vector with the best potential… because it can be stored. Electricity can’t, or at least only with batteries, which creates many problems like pollution. The Store-H pressure-free cartridge is a unique solution in terms of cost, pollution, safety and ease of installation….”: keynote video & his interview.
Over to Joël Ruet, president, The Bridge Tank, who points out that “massification, the quantitative adoption that will make the solutions we are jointly creating economically viable, is going to happen in the so-called ’emerging’ countries.”
His second message is that the transition today is a mix of innovation and other influences: “Indian Railways have put solar panels on all their trains. This was possible because China has driven down the production costs of panels. There could well be a learning curve from the South to North”: keynote by Joël Ruet