The European experience of energy metering on trains

Energy meters onboard trains are changing the railway game in Europe

Bart Van der Spiegel, the Infrabel representative in the Eress Steering Group, has written an article together with José Antonio Rodriguez Mondejar, professor at The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)*. The article has been published in the latest version of IEEE.


This article deals with the European regulatory and standardisation framework of on-board energy metering, on ground data collection and settlement. The article starts by explaining how the energy and railway markets are organised in Europe, resulting in the need to allocate consumptions and costs for the energy delivered to trains running through Europe.


The article describes the requirements in the Technical Specifications for Interoperability referring to the EN 50463 series of standards. Why did we defined accuracy requirements different from other meters in the energy market? How do we intend to keep the accuracy for such meters and sensors? A specific focus is given to the standardised protocol to be used for the communication between the on-board meter and the on ground data collection.


The article also describes the process of handling the data from on-board meters further on ground up to the invoice to the consumer (as described in the IRS 90930). This European framework also supports improving the energy efficiency of rolling stock and of driving trains.


We are not allowed to share the article on our website, but the authors can deliver it on request for personal use only.


*The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a professional association for electronic engineering and electrical engineering (and associated disciplines) is the world's largest association of technical professionals with more than 423,000 members in over 160 countries around the world. Its objectives are the educational and technical advancement of electrical and electronic engineeringtelecommunicationscomputer engineering and allied disciplines.


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