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Renewable Energy and public transport Newsletter 3

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(Renewable Energy Public Transport Enterprise)
is an 18 month project funded under the
Atlantic Area Transnational programme aimed
at promoting the use of renewable energy and
energy efficiency in public transport.

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Renewable Energy and public transport Newsletter 3

  1. 1. REPUTE promotes innovation and engagement in the efficient use of energy in public transport by means of information provision, stimulation of enterprise and behaviour change, and policy change recommendations. REPUTE favorise l’innovation et l’efficacité énergétique dans les transports publics par l’information, la stimulation des entreprises et des changements de comportements et par l'élaboration de recommandations pour les politiques. REPUTE promueve la innovación y el compromiso en relación al uso eficiente de la energía en el transporte público a través de una mejor información, una mayor motivación de las empresas, una modificación de los hábitos de uso y recomendaciones de políticas de apoyo. REPUTE promove a inovação e o compromisso no uso eficiente de energia em transportes públicos, através do fornecimento de informação, estimulação de investimento e mudança de comportamentos, e recomendações de alterações políticas. Cuireann REPUTE chun cinn nuálacht agus rannpháirtíocht maidir le h-úsáid éifeactach fuinnimh in iompar poiblí trí eolas a chur ar fail, spreagadh fiontraíochta agus athrú iompair, in aonacht le moltaí faoi athrú beartais. The Vision of REPUTE page 6page 5page 3page 2 Newsletter June 2015 Welcome to our third and final Newsletter. REPUTE (Renewable Energy PublicTransport Enterprise) is an 18 month project funded under the Atlantic Area Transnational programme aimed at promoting the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in public transport. A group of seven partners and two associates from seven different regions are working together to become a catalyst for a dynamic and innovative application of renewable energy to the public transport sector. Check out these three highlights from the project! The REPUTE guide to energy and publically available transport in rural areas: www.reputeproject.eu/reports/the-repute-guide-to- energy-and-publicly-accessible-transport-in-rural-areas/ The Atlantic Area Mobility study: http://www.reputeproject.eu/reports-archive/ The Electric Vehicle Video! http://www.reputeproject.eu/pilot-projects/ WHAT THEY SAID!CONFERENCE ROUNDUPATLANTIC AREA TOURGUIDE TO ENERGY INSIDE Northern Ireland • Republic of Ireland • Spain • Great Britain • France • Portugal A BUSY 18 MONTHS FOR REPUTE. REPUTE was a relatively short, super focused project that took on the challenging topic of sustainable mobility in the Atlantic Area. Lacking the economies of scale, found in the core European countries, Atlantic Area communities are often faced with a sort of mobility poverty and this is something that REPUTE was concerned with addressing. Given its short – 18 month duration - the project produced some pretty impressive outputs. The topic of Renewable Energy in Public Transport was examined in detail in each of the partner regions through focused workshops and summaries of these were made available through the REPUTE website. The project produced a guide to energy and publically accessible transport in rural areas, which will be a resource for those looking for innovative mobility solutions suitable for rural communities. REPUTE developed three Pilot Projects. A really exciting shared mobility pilot project using electric vehicles powered by onsite solar electricity was developed and rolled out in twelve towns in Portugal. In Scotland the project ran a personal travel campaign and also installed solar powered travel information signs in rural communities. The learning from the project was disseminated throughout the Atlantic Area through a Conference Tour – details of which you will find in this newsletter. So, as the suns sets on REPUTE much has been achieved. There is much more to do however and the partnership is now planning to take the seed ideas germinated during the course of the REPUTE project and develop them further through new projects and initiatives. Learn more about REPUTE watch our videos, read newsletter archives and view the REPUTE Guide at www.reputeproject.eu.
  2. 2. 2 The REPUTE Guide is one of the major outputs of the REPUTE project. The guide was compiled by Professor Allan Hutchinson and Professor Denise Morrey – both of Oxford Brookes University - using inputs from REPUTE’s Atlantic Area partners. The guide sets out the unique sets of public transport related challenges faced by the peripheral communities of the Atlantic Area and provides recommendations on how to address them. Sustainable transport requires a radical shift in investment towards providing fast and efficient public transport systems. However people in rural areas typically travel 50% further than their counterparts in urban areas and most of these journeys are undertaken by bus or car. It is not economically viable to serve diffuse rural communities with a regular public transport network. New business models are therefore required to provide total transport solutions. A number of imaginative schemes exist that connect to rural public transport hubs through community-run schemes, shared ownership of transport resources and bespoke on-demand services. The Guide provides the context and motivation for catalysing transport changes. The regions associated with the project partners are described, and analysed in terms of energy and transport. Key options for change such as community engagement, fund-raising at a local level, local energy initiatives and policies as well as the introduction of cost-effective, energy-saving, technologies are discussed and demonstrated. The final part of the Guide provides a set of case studies that describe activities and solutions to particular challenges. You can read The Guide here; http://www.reputeproject.eu/reports/the-repute-guide-to-energy- and-publicly-accessible-transport-in-rural-areas/ The REPUTE “Guide to Energy and Publicly-Accessible Transport in Rural Areas” Portugal Pilot In the Oeste region of Portugal the innovative and exciting pilot project on shared mobility is well underway. In the twelve municipalities of Oeste the REPUTE project has successfully installed electric vehicle charging points and is currently providing cars for use by local residents. Code named MOVE the initiative is a simple and simply brilliant idea that helps to raise the profile of shared mobility, electric vehicles and renewable energy. The vehicles – very cute Renault Twizzys, oozing with personality- are located at positions of modal shift in each of the small towns dotted throughout this tourist mecca north of Lisbon. The cars are charged on site using electricity generated by a solar panel close by. Tourists and locals can hire the cars for short trips by registering on an online portal. The project is the essence of the REPUTE project which aimed, from the outset, to not only highlight and develop the use of renewable energy in public transport but also create real synergies between private enterprise and public organisations. Local experts in renewable energy and electric vehicles ZEEV are the providers of the electric vehicles, online booking platform and charging infrastructure. They worked closely with REPUTE partner Oeste CIM in conceiving and developing the idea. The Mayors of the municipalities of Oeste also played a key role in bringing the project to fruition. This project would not have been possible without this cross sectoral co-operation. Since its inception, this scheme has engaged 300 vehicle users, seen over 5000km travelled with the EVs and displaced of over 1 ton of CO2. It is an idea that REPUTE hopes will be taken up by other cities and towns across Europe. For a flavour of what it’s all about – check out the Pilot Projects video at http://www.reputeproject.eu/ Scotland Pilot REPUTE has rolled out two pilot tests of market stimulation in Scotland, in partnership with HITRANS , the regional transport agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The first of these is a test of two transport information signs, powered by renewable energy, located on poles at existing bus stops; one in Aviemore, Burnside Bus Stop, and one in Carrbridge, Bus Turning Circle. The signs were installed and monitored by Nexus Alpha. The signs which are entirely powered by solar panels provide real time travel information to HI Trans customers. The second pilot is a Personal Travel Planning (PTP) project being run by JMP in association with HITRANS. The project took place in key locations within Fort William and the surrounding communities. The project worked with schools to help encourage children to think about their travel choices and facilitate modal shift. REPUTE PILOT PROJECTS
  3. 3. 3 Newsletter February 2015 The REPUTE Atlantic Area tour kicked off in Glasgow on June 9th. EIGSI engineering school from La Rochelle on the west coast of France was in charge of the design and the management of the final conference tour which travelled to all 6 regions and 5 countries involved in the project. The REPUTE partners travelled on a bus for a full two weeks with 6 stops throughout the Atlantic Area. Starting out in Scotland and ending in Portugal the tour also had stops in Newry, La Rochelle, Oviedo and Porto. The enthusiasm and dedication of all partners of the project to be a catalyst for change in how we re-imagine public transport was the main reason for developing the conferences in each region. The idea of doing a roadshow through the Atlantic Area was beneficial in a number of ways. • It helped from a Logistics point of view and also optimized carbon footprint efficiency: In the Atlantic Area, there is still a lack of connectivity between cities and almost all of the partners are based in small medium sized cities. A trip from La Rochelle to Thurles (LIT location) takes more than 24 hours, 2 planes, 2 buses, and 1 train. So for each conference, for all partners, it’s a lot of time and CO2 emission. By doing the conferences this way, one day travel and one day conference, we saved time, money and CO2 • The tour was an ideal opportunity for team building and the improvement of dissemination : The Repute project was short – just 18 months long, so by inviting the partners to create and attend conferences one after another (like rock stars on tour!!) it allowed them to work together on the bus – broading the content of each event as the tour moved from venue to venue. The time between stops was also used to develop future solutions and new ideas especially for rural territories, so as to continue the work started by the REPUTE project in to the future • It’s a trendy idea! Today many organizations (private and not for profit) carry out communication exercises in this way, and for a transport project it seemed particularly apt. It also served to highlight the Atlantic Area on a map to promote it to others who might not be so familiar with its regions. • The journey helped the partnership to connect with many stakeholders from all regions and they were all very pleased to be an official stop on the tour. The travel time became a fruitful work time with suggestions for pilots, reports and discussion. New project ideas emerged and the partnership was strengthened. On the road The tour featured over 30 speakers in six different cities with a mixture of local experts and well know international experts – notably Jerry Sanders of Skytran, Rajnish Ahuja of the Pahle India Foundation and Guislain Delabie of Ouishare.
  4. 4. 4 Jerry Sanders Jerry Sanders From SKYtran joined the tour for two stops. SkyTran is a network of computer controlled, 2-person “pod-like” vehicles employing state-of-the-art patented, passive Mag-Lev engineering to transport passengers in a fast, safe, green, and economical manner. A NASA Space Act Company, skyTran uses unique Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) technology that will revolutionize transportation and, with it, urban/suburban living. The first commercial skyTran guideway will be in Tel Aviv – the Wall Street Journal’s pick for one of the world’s top three cities for innovation, economic growth, and global competitiveness. Other skyTran routes in advanced planning are in: Toulouse, France; Kerala, India. View simulations at skyTrans website, http://www.skytran.us/. The skyTran CEO joined the tour at Newry and La RochelleCEO. The skyTran approach to solving city traffic problems is quite unique. It estimates a lower cost per km than traditional public transport modes. Jerry takes the view that people enjoy the cars because of the privacy and do not want to use public transport. SkyTran pods provide a compromise between private car ownership and mass transit alternatives. Even if the system of magnetic levitation proves effective, the main difficulty with this new mode of transport is how it would impact on the aesthetics of older cities such as those that we have in Europe. A network of elevated trackways would possible have a negative impact on historic sites and monuments. You can download a video of Mr Sanders and his work at the following links: version UK: http://gofile.me/6mbAr/bilK7UJ9 version VF avec partenaires: http://gofile.me/6mbAr/Equwttok Rajnish Ahuja One of the guests who travelled with us on tour was Rajnish Ahuja, a young Indian researcher on clean energy from the Pahle India Foundation (PIF) New Delhi. PIF is a not for profit, financial, economic and political research think tank, dedicated to the task of making India first by putting India first. PIF takes the view that there is no universally accepted development model. Each country has to take into account its people, its resources and its socio economic and cultural legacy for effective policy formulation and implementation. Rajnish participated on the tour because its ethos supports PIF work in creating a paradigm shift in development thinking towards more sustainable political, economic and environmental systems. The company has grown from just two researchers in 2013 to 10 highly qualified specialists today. For Rajnish the tour was a one of a kind event focusing on sustainable mobility. The conferences focused on the sustainability aspect of the transport systems and the integration of the transport and IT sector and “ it is clear that a real time change can be brought about in traffic management through the use of Intelligent Transport Systems.” Rajnish says that “Government agencies can lead in issues related to transport and curb their carbon emissions for a greener future. India can replicate the congestion pricing model on the policy front and increase bicycle use by introducing iniatives such as Pedelec shemes. There are many opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint and the REPUTE tour was an excellent way of seeing these first hand – said Rajnish Check out Rajnish’s company at http://pahleindia.org/index.html Guislain Delabie Ghislain Delabie of Ouishare refects on his experience of the Atlantic Area Tour. Ghislain is a mobility connector with Ouishare, is a global community and think and do-tank. It’s mission is to build and nurture a collaborative society by connecting people, organizations and ideas around fairness, openness and trust. ( http://ouishare.net/en) We were asked at OuiShare to take on the bus tour and offer some opportunities for cooperation among the team members of REPUTE. The prospect of spending some 22 hours on a bus between La Rochelle (France) and Torres Vedras (Portugal) both opened opportunities and looked a bit awkward. How to get 12 people conveniently work and share useful insights in a bus where you are supposed to seat 2 by 2, with no WiFi connection available and a diverse team of people focused on different tasks or needing to rest? We used iterative creative techniques to generate and challenge ideas 2 by 2, then meeting in the 6-person corner at the rear of the bus to collectively discuss issues. This time on the bus made it possible to know better each other, both professionally and personally, which is a clear asset for future collaborations. Through iterative creative workshops we also managed to raise a broad range of topics for future collaborations and to reflect on the outcomes of the REPUTE project. We ended with a 2-hours workshop drawing the possible basis for a future 3-year project. There will be more to come about this. The last outcome of our experience together is that this mobile and collaborative workshop session would be a tremendous way of engaging partners and stakeholders in the future, if this journey were scheduled right at the beginning of the project. The program of such a trip could include collaborative workshops and local study tours at each (one full-day) stop in a partnering city. In each city we could invite local stakeholders on to the bus until the next stop. Those people would be given the opportunity to engage in collaborative workshops aboard the bus and to attend workshops and study tour at the next stop.
  5. 5. 5 Newsletter February 2015 Conference Roundup These accounts from some of the venues gives a flavour of the Atlantic Area Tour 2015 Radical rethink of sustainable rural transport needed in Northern Ireland The REPUTE Tour took place in Canal Court Hotel, Newry on Thursday 11th June and included presentations from Terry Waugh, Action Renewables; Jerry Sanders, Skytran; Rajnish Ahuja; Pahle India Foundation Prof. Denise Morrey, Oxford Brookes University; Robert Brayshaw, Wrightbus; and Ciaran De Burca, Dept of Regional Development. A panel of world-leading sustainability experts told a Newry audience that a radical shift in towards clean and green public transport would help preserve and improve rural services in Northern Ireland. The team of international researchers and industry heavyweights gathered as part of a unique sustainable transport project that analysed the challenges facing six European regions and is co-funded through the INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme. Collaborations from the 18-month Renewable Public Transport Enterprise (REPUTE), led locally by South West College, have resulted in a number of bold recommendations to help policymakers improve the efficiency and accessibility of public transport in rural areas. Key findings argue that investment should be directed towards the construction of new rural transport hubs and the development of cooperative models that allow communities and local partnerships to generate renewable energy for local transport. The project also makes the case for rural transport to consider using biofuels derived from waste biomass resources such as spent oils, food waste and farm residues. Newry Northern, 2nd stop of the Atlantic Area Tour Shirley Patterson of Southwest College reports from Newry
  6. 6. 6 La Rochelle conference focused on alternative energies in transport Véronique Seel reports; The city of La Rochelle, with its many experimentations about mobility, was the perfect location for 80 professionals to be inspired and exchange knowledge and experiences about Gas, Biogas, Electricity, Algaefuel, hydrogen power-togas and also magnetic levitation. The Vice-President of La Rochelle in charge of mobility and transportation Brigitte Desveaux stays all day long with us and presents the alternative energy scenarios about La Rochelle. Many presentations focused on alternative energies. Some of the highlights were: • MEL Lille is now running 428 buses with biogas (170 millions of KM experience) and almost 300 buses in Nantes Metropole use gas. Grand Poitiers with 62 buses with gas argued that the operator will need to consider a range of factors such as maintenance and refuelling times. • Frederic Bataille from Valagro explained how algae can be the third generation of biofuels. • Anne Meyer from UTP has presented a european overview about full electric and hybrid buses and the European ZeEUS project dedicated to experimentations. • Both presentation of Pr Alan Hutchinson and Ghislain Delabie have shown that peri-urban and rural territories have to be innovative in their approaches, not only on energies but also on communities. Véronique Seel from EIGSI said “This tour was a premiere through Atlantic Area for all partners... And I do hope not the last! Using travel time for co-working, inviting out of the box guests in the bus and meeting new stakeholders every days in all 5 countries from UK to Portugal help us to improve both the team and the deliverables. European project especially on policy instrument could begin by a Tour in their own area” Jerry Sanders, Shirley Patterson and Terry Waugh Shirley Patterson, REPUTE Project Officer at South West College said: “We know that it is not economically viable to serve diffuse rural communities with a regular public transport network and new models are needed to provide total transport solutions. This project is about mapping the best way for Northern Ireland and other partner regions to capitalise on imaginative schemes that have been successfully piloted elsewhere and that are proven to lower costs. “Research from this project has found there are also considerable gains to be made in terms of affordability and accessibility from combining technologies and transport models that have sustainability at their core.” Terry Waugh, Deputy Director, Action Renewables said: “The context and motivation for a radical change toward sustainable transport is very clear. However, as REPUTE has shown, to do so effectively a number of elements must be in place including community engagement, localised energy initiatives and policies as well as cost- effective, energy-saving, technologies. “Sustainable transport requires a shift towards fast and efficient public transport systems, but that does not mean it has to be costly. REUTE has identified a number of innovative funding mechanisms that integrate community energy schemes with transport solutions. These partnerships have great potential to increase efficiencies and community development in rural areas while also protecting local services.” What they Said! Veronique Seel from EIGSI Terry Waugh and Roisin Grimes from Action Renewables
  7. 7. 7 Newsletter February 2015 Hacking rural mobility challenges - Ghislain Delabie When dealing with rural and semirural areas mobility planners are faced with an outstanding challenge. This is because mobility and transportation account for a large part of GHG and local pollutants emissions but most people do not actually feel like there is an issue associated with it. There is actually no traffic jam.You don’t feel (or smell) the effects of the pollution. There is no point putting coercive regulations in place when the car is required to cover daily basic needs and provides both flexibility and a sense of freedom. However actual social, economic and environmental costs cannot be minimised, and this challenge needs to be addressed. There have been few new solutions in rural areas theses last few years. In-car technologies did not provide any noticeable improvement. The only improvement in mobility has come from ridesharing services for long-distance journey, made popular in France by Blablacar, now a European-wide company. We need additional disruptive solutions to make mobility in rural areas more sustainable and accessible. If ridesharing has a great potential for commuting, it needs business models, that Blablacar can’t offer. We probably need a mix of on-demand mobility services, cycling and pedestrians routes and infrastructures, public transport, Open Data, more fuel-efficient cars, new energy vectors and autonomous vehicles to solve these problems. We might even need to question what does mobility represent in such territories, how should it be dealt with and who should be in charge of implementing such solutions. We might have to hack the whole challenge. To explore the full range of possibilities and business models, we need a very agile and self-learning ecosystem where all stakeholders, including local governments, transport operators and startups cooperate and learn together very fast. This is why OuiShare has partnered with key stakeholders to launch the Mobility Factory, a global platform dedicated to mobility innovation and commons-sharing. This platform has a European scope and is currently mentoring its 4 first high-potential projects. Find more information at www.lafabriquedesmobilites/en LOOKING TO THE FUTURE A STEP TOWARDS GREEN AND CLEAN TRANSPORT’ Roisin Grimes of Action Renewables reports from Glasgow Glasgow was the first stop in REPUTE’s ‘conference on the move’. The main objective of the event was to apply best practice learning, from the insights gained in the three REPUTE pilot projects. The conference hosted attendees from a variety of backgrounds, including University of Strathclyde, Scottish Council, Energy Savings Trust and The Knowledge Exchange. Patrick McDougal, CEO of Nexus Alpha, the company spearheading the REPUTE Solar Powered Real Time Transport Information Signs pilot, gave a compelling argument on using solar PV for energy generation in the transport sector. JMP Consultant’s Tim Steiner and Carley McDowall gave an account of the successes and areas for learning, from the Personalised Travel Planning campaign carried out in the project. Over 500 school children in total were engaged in this campaign. Nick Lyth, of Green Angel Syndicate, who was assisting with the implementation of the Portuguese solar powered EV pilot, illustrated the truly innovative and replicable nature of this scheme. The afternoon session took the audience in a slightly different direction, with a focus more on policies and attitudes to public transport and renewable energy, as well as showcasing the various initiatives being adopted globally to green our transport sector. Attendees found the presentation from Veronique Seel, from EIGSI Engineering School in La Rochelle and REPUTE Partner, particularly insightful. Veronique showcased the results from a unique study, which investigated the attitudes and behaviours towards public transport use across the Atlantic Area. Cick here to view the report http://www.reputeproject.eu/reports/atlantic-area-mobility-study/ Zak Tuk, Head of Low Carbon Vehicles Policy Team in Transport Scotland, outlined the Minister’ ambitious vision for freeing Scotland from fossil-fuelled vehicles by 2050. Zak promoted the strides being made in Scotland so far, with 1500 ultra-low emission vehicles registered in Scotland to date, and 600 public, 250 commercial and 100 domestic EV charging points already in place. Examples of these green transport initiatives took a global trajectory, with an Indian perspective presented by Rajnish Ahuja, Associate Fellow of the Pahle India Foundation. This was furthered by Dr Pat Winfield, of Oxford Brookes University, who showcased the State of the Art REPUTE Guide to Energy and Publically Accessible Transport in Rural Areas. The guide presents examples of projects from across the globe, all aimed at making transport greener and more accessible, particularly in rural areas, where inhabitants travel an average of 50% further compared to their urban counterparts. There was a real consensus amongst all in attendance that community led initiatives and rural transport hubs were the most efficient ways to bridge this accessibility gap. “The Final Conference of REPUTE project was in the Oeste Region of Portugal” Susana Gustavo of Oeste CIM reports from Torres Vedras. The last event of the Conference Tour of REPUTE Project was on the 19th of June in Torres Vedras in the Oeste Region of Portugal. The seven project partners were all present including Portugals Oeste CIM. At the event the Portuguese Secretary of State of Energy announced that the Government will change the conventional cars used by the public administration for electric vehicles, in about one month from now on. The conference highlighted the achievements and results results of the REPUTE project, especially the REPUTE Guide which tell us about the challenges facing publicly accessible transport in the Partners regions and provide us information about existing renewable energy technologies that can be implemented. Also at the event the information on the monitoring of the REPUTE Portuguese pilot-test – MOOVE Oeste Portugal http://www.mobilidadeoeste.pt/ was presented. Others speakers were present to talk about their experiences in sustainable mobility and about public policies and behavior. The session had about 70 participants and in the end attendees got the opportunity to drive electric vehicles from the pilot project.”
  8. 8. 8 Partner URL Contact E-mail Action Renewables www.actionrenewables.co.uk Terry Waugh Terry.Waugh@actionrenewables.co.uk South West Collage www.swc.ac.uk Shirley Patterson shirley.patterson@swc.ac.uk EIGSI, Engineering School www.eigsi.fr Véronique Seel veronique.seel@eigsi.fr Fundación Asturiana de la Energía www.faen.es Maria J. Rodriguez miren@faen.es Limerick Institute of Technology www.lit.ie Ciaran Lynch ciran.lynch@lit.ie Comunidade Intermunicipal do Oeste www.oestecim.pt Susana Gustavo susana.gustavo@oestecim.pt Oxford Brookes University www.brookes.ac.uk Denise Morrey dmorrey@brookes.ac.uk Contacts Associate Partner URL Contact E-mail Mid West Regional Authority www.mwra.ie Lisa Ruttle lruttle@mwra.ie Tipperary Co. Council www.tipperarycoco.ie Sinead Carr sineadcarr@tipperarycoco.ie https://twitter.com/REPUTE_EU https://www.facebook.com/REPUTEeuWebsite: www.reputeproject.eu Newsletter February 2015 Building on REPUTE The REPUTE partnership is actively seeking opportunities to develop the work undertaken during the project There is a real need to develop low carbon mobility solutions for rural areas and this is particularly pertinent for the Atlantic Area. The REPUTE guide and pilot projects have shown the many different types of solutions that are available to address this challenge. The partnership would like to develop 3 or 4 low carbon mobility pilot projects across Europe involving pedelacs, e-three wheelers and community transport. The project would include investigations of business models, studies of political and cultural attitudes, policy packages and education packages. At this point the partnership is building a network of stakeholders within their regions to help create a groundswell of support for these initiatives. If you would like to learn more about REPUTE or get in touch you can find out contact details on the website www.reputeproject.eu

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