The Australian State Government has set a policy of reducing the State dependency on fossil-fuel derived power. Current policies are pushing towards renewable energy and de-carbonising electricity supply.
Rail transportation is an electrical energy intensive activity. A transport network has commenced a long term plan to add efficiencies and reduce its overall power consumption, introduce renewable power in the network, and increase the frequency of operations without significant capital expenditure on power network infrastructure. The network has seen a 30% increase in power consumption over the last 7 years and the future power needs are predicted to be over 1,000 GW hours by 2020.
Arup was commissioned to prepare a strategy options and initiatives document to feed into a wider strategic change programme to increase the resilience of the power network, increase the proportion of renewable power in the energy mix, and to provide strategies for changes to the operation, maintenance and asset management approach of the network. We provided technical advisory services associated with rail asset management, strategic planning, options development and assessment, and energy consulting advice relating to active networks, distributed energy and energy storage to the report.