Zero energy tunnel: renewable energy generation and reduction of energy consumption

R. Dzhusupova, J.F.G. Cobben, W.L. Kling

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Creating a zero energy environments is a hot topic. The developments in this field are based on the concept of the 'Trias Energetica': reducing energy consumption, using of renewable energy, and efficient using of fossil fuels. Zero energy environment concepts can be also applied to road tunnels to improve the energy performance by means of reducing energy consumption, introducing of renewable energy generation and by this way lowering energy bills. Nowadays the energy consumption in the road tunnel is high, up to 6.6 MWh/km per year during normal operation conditions. Thus, the reduction of energy consumption even by 5-10 per cent could bring greatly benefit to tunnel owners. This paper presents the framework of zero energy tunnels and highlights the major innovative aspects. These aspects include various technological approaches to reduce energy consumption, to extract thermal energy from the tunnel and to improve air quality inside and outside the tunnel. Furthermore, it discusses the introduction of renewable energy generation for tunnel constructions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2012 47th International Universities Power Engineering Conference, UPEC 2012
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-2856-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-2854-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
Event47th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC 2012) - Brunel University, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20127 Sept 2012
Conference number: 47


Conference47th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC 2012)
Abbreviated titleUPEC 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Air quality
  • distributed generation
  • energy consumption reduction
  • energy system
  • renewable generation
  • zero energy environment


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