TrAM - Transport: advanced and modular

Evangelos Boulougouris, Alexandros Priftis, Mikal Dahle, Edmund Tolo, Apostolos Papanikolaou, Yan Xing-Kaeding, Christoph Jürgenhake, Thomas Svendsen, Morten Bjelland, Aphrodite Kanellopoulou, Geoff Symonds, Torleif Stokke, Patrick Bollaert, Marie Laures

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Europe has taken a leading role in the international effort for a drastic reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Transport systems play a crucial role in this effort and the competition among the various transportation modes for the shrinkage of their environmental footprint, is mounting. Maintaining its focus on sustainability, Europe is seeking to produce transport solutions with a cost effective and environmentally friendly life cycle, integrated in its smart cities. This is what the H2020 funded project "TrAM-Transport: Advanced and Modular" aims to offer ( It is validating a concept for waterborne transport by implementing state-of-the-art "Industry 4.0" holistic ship design and production methods, for fully electrical vessels, operating at reasonably high speed in the vicinity of urban areas. The project will lead to significant lower construction costs and reduction in engineering hours for new zero emission fast vessels. Three different catamarans will be designed by implementing the developed methods, while one of them will be undergoing detailed design and physical model testing, prior to its construction and start of operation in Stavanger/Norway before the end of the TrAM project in 2022. The paper outlines the objectives, first R&D outcomes and the main challenges of the project.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2020
Event Proceedings of 8th Transport Research Arena TRA 2020 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 27 Apr 202030 Apr 2020
Conference number: 8


Conference Proceedings of 8th Transport Research Arena TRA 2020
Abbreviated titleTRA 2020
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  • Industry 4.0
  • Modular production
  • holistic ship design
  • zero emission ultimate ship
  • Battery electric systems
  • Electrically powered vessels


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