North set to drive future of transport

The future of European transport will be driven by a company from the North, Action Renewables, after a €3.4m EU development project was unveiled yesterday.

Led by Action Renewables and assisted by South West College, the Better Accessible Transport to Encourage Robust Intermodal Enterprise (Batterie) project will look at ways to integrate alternative fuels and smart technology into international air, road, rail, and sea transport networks.

Action Renewables deputy director Terry Waugh said they will be trying to solve some of the biggest questions facing humanity.

“With rising utility prices and energy security issues topping national agendas, Batterie will focus on providing answers to the most pressing issues affecting member states,” he said.

“This will include hot topics such as the future impact of rising fuel costs and fuel shortages, and identifying how smart technologies and alternative fuel use can rise to meet future challenges.”

The collaboration brings together 12 partners from the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, and Portugal.

The project will receive funding from the European Regional Development Fund under the Atlantic Area programme, with match-support from the North’s environment and regional development departments.


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