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The challenge

The main objective of HERMES is to holistically address the aspects that may improve freight wagon performance at competitive prices: enhanced logistics operations, higher wagon load capacity, optimised loading/discharging processes and increase wagons flexibility in order to foster intermodality and allow a diversification of carried goods.

Rail freight transportation is a system service where a multitude of players, participants and systems providers bear a high degree of responsibility for its attractiveness and performance. It shows high efficiency as transport mean, in terms of land use and energy consumption and low greenhouse gas emissions.

However rail’s market share of freight transport and its economic efficiency continues to be limited. Aimed at overcoming such uncertainty, this project addresses one of the most important key resources for further developing rail freight transportation: the optimization of the performance of the freight wagon.
The continuous pressure on environmental issues and energy efficient transport is forcing the rail sector to enhance its logistics services and to incorporate innovative solutions to improve wagon load capacity, helping to put it in to a more privileged position beyond alternative terrestrial transport sources by road.
H2020 Research Programme

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 636520.

Project Coordinator

Dr. Ingrid Picas