International

Solar-power-generating noise barriers for highways being trialled in the Netherlands

August 26, 2015 Peter Steele

Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology have developed large fluorescent noise barriers for busy roads that can also generate solar energy. Two panels have been erected alongside the A2 highway near Den Bosch in a practical test launched on 18 June – led by Dutch building company Heijmans – to assess the economic and technical feasibility of energy-generating noise barriers. The Luminescent Solar Concentrator (LSC) panels have been developed by Michael Debje, a researcher at the Eindhoven University of […]

The Hub

Around the world in parcels

August 26, 2015 Emma Shone

Ever wondered what’s going on in the parcels market outside the world of FedEx acquisitions and DPD domination? Here’s a few snippets of parcels news from around the globe.

Carbon emissions

Kinetic energy recovery system for HGVs could save up to 25% in fuel costs

August 26, 2015 Hayley Pink

Two European manufacturers have teamed up to create a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) suitable for use on HGVs. Skeleton Technologies and Adgero SARL have designed a hybrid system, optimised for intermodal road transport operations, that they claim can reduce fuel consumption and associated CO2 emissions by up to 25%. How it works… The Adgero Hybrid System is an intelligent operation comprising two control units: one on the tractor unit and one on the trailer. During acceleration, the tractor unit […]