The future is electric!
During the 30th and 31st of October 2019 the Ministry of Transport of Malta has hosted the “4th Transnational meeting and Steering Committee of the EnerNETMob PROJECT ”, in Luzzu Conference hall, Qawra, Malta.
The Director of the Sustainable Mobility Unit of the Ministry of Transport of Malta, Mr. Peter Barbara and the Project Manager of the Lead Partner of EnerNETMob (Region of Peloponnese), Mr. Fifas welcomed the partners.
Mr. Barbara analyzed the progress of electromobility in Malta. EU projects are combined with national funds in order to forward the country’s strong commitment to enter in the “era of electromobility”. More charging stations are being deployed yearly and 5.000 electric vehicles will circulate in Malta’s roads in the near future. The country is planning also to use electric ferries (for public transport purposes) so as to connect parts of the cities with each other. E-bikes, e-scooters are existing via bike/scooter sharing services, special cycling lanes are developed and a new masterplan in the harbor will offer high quality mobility advancements.
In regards to the project progress, the partners have successfully concluded the “Start-Up Analysis”, concerning the policy and legal framework in each State about electric transport and sustainable mobility.
The Guidelines to develop Sustainable Electro-Mobility Plans, the Best Available Technologies, and the Technical standards have been delivered on time and are utilized by the pilot partners to design their infrastructures and ICT by using the same communication protocols and technical standards.
The “Structural Knowledge Framework” affecting the Local Analysis of Regions and/or Nations involved in the pilot actions is delivered to a large extent and includes the data collection and the local supply/demand study following the previously developed and approved guidelines.
As far as the “Sustainable Electro-Mobility Planning” is concerned, the partners have advanced to drafting the “Sustainable Electro-Mobility Plans” (SEMPs) in order to be implemented in the pilot action phase and capitalize on them beyond the project conclusion as a long-term strategy. Each SEMP will be realized through the implementation of a local “Small-Scale Infrastructure Network” constituted by public charging points and ICT tools that can be used by every private Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) driver. The foreseen “Preliminary Designs of EV charging and transport infrastructures” are to a large extent developed by the majority of the partners with the aim to specify all the technical and administrative requirements and authorizations for the realization of the pilot actions.
As far as the pilot phase of the project there are 3 types of pilots in the initial phase of their development. Tenders for the necessary equipment and small scale investments are in process and 13 electric charging station networks are under development by 13 partners.
A transnational ICT network will be developed to enable Inter-operability and sharing of information from all the pilots implemented by the partners. “We are not re-inventing the wheel, we are integrating our ICT platform with the pilots in the already available networks and we will comply with their guidelines and with common standards and regulations” Mr. Priegue (CIMNE) stated in his Malta presentation. The objective of the ICT Platform is to monitor all the local/regional pilots including the charging stations and e-bikes, e-cars that will be interconnected. The ICT development and transnational collaboration is the key-success factor for the project. The countries that already operate an Intelligent Transport System platform (i.e. Malta, Cyprus) will interconnect the EnerNETMob ICT platform in the under development systems. For the new small standalone pilots, EnerNETMob will provide hardware based micro-solutions to enable them to connect with the ICT platform.