PROMETEUS Project

           

Project Aim

Recently, the EU Funded Project PROMETEUS was launched in Malta. PROMETEUS aims to promote e-mobility through the analysis, exchange of knowledge and adoption of best practices which shall lead to the compilation of specific Action Plans that will implement and deploy specific electromobility measures at the respective national and regional level by the participating partners.

More specifically, the project shall carry out a joint analysis of e-mobility approaches in the different partners’ regions, highlighting the specific territorial contexts and the respective demand (tourism, urban areas, high vehicle ownership) for electric vehicles. The project will also identify valuable experiences and practices adopted as part of local and regional measures which aim at promoting e-mobility in the respective municipalities and regions.  These ongoing practices shall be further investigated through the project by means of activities such as study visits and thematic workshops which the project partners shall participate in during the course of the project lifetime.

Through the PROMETEUS Project, based on the findings of the analysis referred to above, the project partners will then draw up specific e-mobility action plans which are to be integrated in the policy instruments identified in each participating region.  Where Action Plans already exist, these shall be updated and upgraded through the lessons learnt from Phase I of this project. The Action Plans to be compiled by the project partners in the first phase shall be implemented in the second phase of the project lifetime.  To ensure a high-standard and consistent implementation of activities, a shared monitoring system will be designed and implemented to measure the effectiveness of Action Plans being deployed by each partner. By adopting this system, transfer of knowledge and exchange of good practices will be guaranteed both within the partnership, through joint project activities, and outside of it, through dissemination activities aimed at the general public and relevant stakeholders.

Project Partners

The project partners for this project are:

  • Transport Malta (Malta), involved as the Lead Partner;
  • Lazio Region (Italy);
  • General Directorate of Industry and Competitiveness of Castillia y Leon (Spain);
  • Presov Self Governing Region (Slovakia);
  • Regional Government of Carinthia (Austria);
  • And Poliedra-Politecnico di Milano (Italy), involved as the Advisory Partner.


Deliverables and Expected Results

Based on the knowledge gathering exercises – to be done through site visits, peer-to-peer meetings, workshops, etc.  – TM will compile:

  • An updated Action Plan that will help to better promote and continue to introduce eletromobility into the Maltese Islands

Benefits from Project

PROMETEUS will enable Transport Malta, particularly the Malta National Electromobility Platform (MNEP), to learn from the experiences of the other partners, as well as share its own experiences with the other partners. Through the experiences learned from the other partners, Transport Malta, through the MNEP Unit, will be able to continue to introduce and integrate the concept of Electromobility into the Maltese Islands, through the use of other, already proven, methods. This will also help with any schemes already set up and also in the long run, such as inclusion of certain measures, learned through this project, into future projects.

Meetings

A two-day kick off meeting held in Malta was the first joint-activity in which all partners had the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from practices being implemented in other regions.  During the two-day meeting,  delegates visited several e-mobility infrastructure being operated in Malta, including the  Photovoltaic Farm installed at Transport Malta’s head office which (apart from contributing to the reduction of the building’s carbon footprint) offsets the electricity required to charge the 13-electric vehicle fleet owned and operated by the transport authority. The fleet includes a variety of vehicles; from crew vans used by maintenance crew and Enforcement Officers, M1 vehicles used by couriers and L7e quadricycles used by employees to attend meetings and other on-the-job duties.  This infrastructure has contributed towards the reduction of 20 tonnes of CO2 per annum.  

The delegates were also shown the three solar car-charging stations which have been installed in public parking spaces in Malta and which produce direct sun-to-car energy.  The three stations are covered in PV panels thus generating solar energy on site which is in turn stored in on-site Lithium-ion batteries.  Cars use electricity from the stored energy to re-charge the car battery, thus achieving full carbon neutral transport.  The stations have been in operation for the past two years and provide direct solar energy for over 3000 charging events/annum.

Duration of the Project

The project beganin January 2017 and is expected to be completed by June 2021.

Financing

The project has a budget of €1.4 million which is shared between the partners and is co-financed by the INTERREG Europe funding programme at an 85% funding rate. 

For more information please follow the links:

https://www.interregeurope.eu/prometeus/