The ambitions of EnTranCe in the field of Sustainable Mobility perfectly match the goals of Energy Expo | Sustainable Mobility. Energy Expo is an independent platform where businesses, central and local government and knowledge institutes come together and collaborate.
Together with its partners, Energy Expo acquires and generates expertise in the field of sustainable mobility and offers it freely. Energy Expo makes sustainable mobility tangible by demonstrating all of the different facets in a way that can be experienced at first hand. Energy Expo accelerates the transition to sustainable mobility and aspires to making the north of the Netherlands cleaner, more innovative and more knowledge-intensive.
Sustainable Traffic Systems
Many projects are set up at EnTranCe as part of the Sustainable Traffic Systems initiative: these projects contribute to making the transition to sustainable mobility.
Sustainable mobility is making the best possible use of infrastructure and the available modes of transport. The objectives are to achieve minimum emissions of harmful gases and minimise noise nuisance while optimising accessibility, spatial design quality, the living environment and power supply continuity.
At EnTranCe, research takes place into the most efficient way of recharging an electric vehicle 100% sustainably. Consideration is given to the possibilities for integrating the vehicle into the home and living environment. For example, decentralised power generation, green electricity generated using green gas, charging efficiency, transport losses and ICT solutions. And also inductive charging, charging via the street lighting system, the use of solar panels.
‘Smart mobility integration’
The project called 100% sustainable recharging investigates the use of solar panels on a carport (a photovoltaic roof). In practice, this method will generate large amounts of energy during the day. However, electric vehicles will often require energy for recharging in the evenings. A fuel cell is one possible way of storing this energy so that it can be used at a different time. A smart grid system would also offer various solutions. This approach investigates whether stored energy in the battery can be used for other household appliances when the vehicle is not in use. Energy can be routed back to the electric vehicle at other times to ensure that it is fully charged and ready for use again at a programmed time. In addition to this example, themes such as self-driving vehicles, traffic concepts and scenarios, illuminated zebra crossings, human behaviour and acceptance are all part of Smart Mobility Integration.