From autonomous to electric-powered heavy trucks and from forest-industry bioproducts to 5G wireless technology, FPInnovations experts provided insight into leading-edge research at the Movin’On Summit on sustainable mobility.
Sponsored by the Michelin tire and mobility company, the conference took place from June 4 to 6 in Montreal for the third consecutive year. Major players in sustainable transportation from government, industry, and academia gathered to present the latest technological developments, discuss the future of green transportation, and to network. About 5,000 participants attended.
FPInnovations engineer, Édouard Proust, gave a presentation on off-road industrial applications for autonomous trucks. FPInnovations is a pioneer in adapting platooning technology for heavy-duty truck operations. Last November, it held the first platooning test in Canada on resource roads, possibly the first in the world.
Jan Michaelsen, leader of FPInnovations’ PIT Group, took part in a round-table discussion led by the funding organization Prompt Quebec. An introductory presentation was made by French telecommunications company Orange S.A. on 5G and its impact on freight transport. “Our brainstorming session with participants from different sectors generated a potential research project that could benefit PIT Group partners,” says Michaelsen. “We will consider further developing the idea.”
Heavy-duty electric trucks
PIT Group industry advisor, Marc Trudeau, participated in working sessions, including one on “Identifying Solutions to Increase the Range of Fuel-Cell and Battery-Powered Heavy Trucks.” “The consensus was that we should concentrate our efforts on major commercial transportation corridors, such as between Montreal and Toronto,” explains Trudeau. “Once the technology is proven to be reliable, the electric-engine market for heavy-duty trucks will grow around major cities.”
Manager of Strategic Research Alliance, Stéphane Barbier and senior director of Bioproducts, Éric Olivier, participated in a workshop and round-table discussions on “Collaborative Business Models Related to Bio-Sourced Products in a Circular Economy,” and provided expertise in successful scale-up processes. FPInnovations also provided expertise on ways the forest industry can become a vital component of the bioeconomy. After the sessions, a delegation from Michelin visited FPInnovations’ head office and expressed interest in collaborating with FPInnovations on bioproduct research and development.
The conference, with delegates from over 44 countries, provided a rich ground for raising awareness of FPInnovations’ diverse research projects and identifying potential collaborators. The company’s participation at Movin’On was facilitated by Propulsion Quebec, a non-profit that gathers transportation-industry stakeholders around collaborative projects.
For more information on the business development of FPInnovations’ research on bioproducts and autonomous-vehicles, contact Stéphane Barbier and Mathieu Blouin respectively. For more information on FPInnovations’ research on heavy trucks, contact Jan Michaelsen.