BATTERIE is an EU Atlantic Area project established in January 2012. Its purpose is to improve the cooperation and links between various transport services within the Atlantic Area region and to promote the application of smart technologies and usage of alternative fuels.

The BATTERIE (Better Accessible Transport to Encourage Robust Intermodal Enterprise) project was created as a response to the EU Atlantic Area priorities. As part of the priority 3.1 “Improve accessibility and internal links – Promote interoperability and continuity of existing transport networks, and sea/road/rail/air intermodality” it focuses on transportation and aims to improve the coordination of and complementarity between transport services supplied by various operators. It also recognises and gives due regard to National and EU transport, energy and related economic policies, with particular reference to the objectives set out in the Lisbon and Gothenburg Agendas.

The BATTERIE project started on 1st January 2012 and will run for three years. It is held in cooperation with other twelve full partners and two associate partners of the Atlantic Area Region, i.e. the UK, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain and Portugal.

The main objective of BATTERIE is to establish the impact of applied smart technologies (e.g. E-Journey Planning) and alternative fuels and to design scenarios and models of changes to policy, behaviour and transnational strategies in order to help optimise transnational trips for passengers.

Other activities include screening and modelling the availability, future development, costs and environmental impact of using smart technologies and alternative fuels and establishing pilot networks and demonstration of best practice in this sector.

You can watch a video which describes the project here:- http://youtu.be/h68qOFj2PD0