Mining and transport sectors can implement driver advisory system (DAS) software to improve driving techniques, safety and fuel efficiency in their operations. A DAS can provide precise information about the variables operating on a vehicle such as payload and gradient, and where energy is being used or possibly wasted.
It can also detect and track changes in wind, acceleration or resistance on a vehicle, alerting the driver on how to achieve optimum energy efficiency in response to the conditions.
Sectors and common applications
- Mining and transport sectors where driving is a significant part of energy consumption in operations.
- Estimated energy savings in 2014 across the sectors was 27 PJ.
|1. Energy saving potential|
|1.1 Level of energy efficiency||11/15|
|1.2 Market prospect||4/10|
|1.3 Energy saving potential||8/10|
|2. Technical practicality|
|2.1 Innovative or advanced nature||15/25|
|3. Economic characteristics|
|3.1 Investment per unit energy||6/10|
|3.2 Payback period||6/10|
|3.3 % of Industry $ gross added value||4/5|
|4. Social characteristics||3/5|
Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd implemented a DAS to advise train drivers of optimum driving speed and powering mode to reduce energy use. An average energy saving of 8.5% was achieved.
TNT has introduced an advanced on-road driver management in metropolitan areas to optimise pickup and delivery movements to improve service quality minimise fuel use. It’s anticipated that distance travelled by drivers will be reduced due to minimisation of missed pick-ups and consolidated return-to-base volumes.
This initiative is difficult to quantify to a sufficiently accurate degree but is expected to improve service quality performance and reduce fuel usage.
Other companies which have identified driver advisory systems as a source of energy savings can be found in the EEO opportunities register on EEX, and include: