Highly commended certificate for TPS Railway Industry Innovation Awards 2017

Turbo Power Systems (TPS) have received a highly commended certificate at The Railway Industry Innovation Awards 2017 for the Environment Category. The award was for the innovative Mark 3 static converters developed in collaboration with Chiltern Railways.

We have supplied an energy efficient, lightweight and cost-effective power electronic solution to service all on-board electronics, HVAC and to charge batteries. The Mark 3 static converters allow potential savings of over £1 million over three years to the operator as opposed to using conventional motor alternators. The static converters also have the potential to reduce the carbon footprint.

TPS’s solution provides efficient on-board electrical power derived from highly variable single-phase input from the overhead supply. This solution ultimately leads to improved performance and a high level of comfort for passengers. Some of the key benefits to rail operators include: 15% efficiency improvement, 4kW energy saved per journey and optimised through life cost.

The Railway Industry Innovation Award ceremony has been held on 23rd June 2017 at Paddington Hilton, London. Other categories included: ‘Passenger experience’, ‘Cross-industry partnership’, ‘Operations and performance’, ‘Engineering’, ‘Safety’, ‘Small-scale project’ and ‘Major project’. This is the partner event to the Railway Industry Association’s innovation conference and its aim is to celebrate innovation and great achievements in the industry.

For more information on the Mark 3 static converter solution, download the datasheet here.

Meet us at Railtex Stand E34 at the NEC Birmingham!

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Meet the TPS team on Stand E34!

Book a 1:1 appointment today with one of our team members! To secure your slot, please email marketing@turbopowersystems.com.

Why visit TPS Stand E34 

We are excited to be displaying three of our next-gen rail products. These include our DC-DC Power Module, Auxiliary Power Supply (APS) for Monorail and At Seat Power Supplies (ASP’s) at the largest Rail exhibition in the UK.

Our DC-DC Power Module was awarded at the Elektra event for ‘Power Systems of the year category’ 2016. Our APS for Monorail systems is successfully running worldwide. Finally our ASPS product line are operating in over 1200 trains in the UK.

These products represent a tangible expression of our ability to design and develop innovative rail solutions.

TPS are pioneering specialists in Rail Power Electronics since 1987. Our Rail reputation has allowed us to work with customers on bespoke projects worldwide. Just a few companies can match the engineering pedigree that we hold. We have a proven record of successfully solving some of the world’s most complex projects.

Railtex

Running in its 20th year, Railtex attracts international visitors and exhibitors all over the world. Including  industry leading keynote speakers, all of which provide the ideal platform for the industry to come together and do business. There will be an exciting programme encompassing keynote speeches, seminars and discussion forums all devised to highlight industry trends.

FREE tickets

Free entry tickets will be available to all visitors who pre-register their attendance before the 8th of May 2017. After this time, you will still be able to register online or onsite at a cost of £20 per ticket.

You can visit the Railtex website for more information: http://www.railtex.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you at Railtex!

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TPS make it as finalists for UKRIA 2017 Awards!

TPS have been shortlisted x3 for award-winning products in Cost Base Reduction, Environmental and Sustainability and Traction & Rolling Stock categories!

The UK Rail Industry Awards 2017 (UKRIA) announced its shortlist which includes companies, teams and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Rail Industry. The winners will be announced this week on the 9th of February at the Battersea Evolution, London.

 

Turbo Power Systems (TPS) a leader of railway technology, has been shortlisted for their award-winning Static Converter in the ‘Cost Base Reduction and Environmental and Sustainability’ categories. The Static Converter won the UKRIA 2016 award for ‘Traction & Rolling Stock’ category. This solution can deliver over £1m savings to the fleet operator, reduce carbon footprint and many other benefits. Please view here to download the datasheet.

For ‘Traction & Rolling Stock’ category, we have been shortlisted for our award-winning DC-DC Power Module. This product recently won the ‘Power Systems of 2016’ category for the renowned Elektra Award, which is an established platform that celebrates the achievements of individuals and companies across Europe. You can find out more information here.

Join us to celebrate all those who have been shortlisted and announcement of the winners – it will certainly be a memorable night!

To attend please view here and to see the full shortlist view here.

If you wish to find out more about the shortlisted products, please contact marketing@turbopowersystems.com.

Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to find out on who wins on the night! Good luck to all!

TPS are exhibiting at Railtex 2017!

TPS are exhibiting at Railtex 2017, the International Exhibition of Railway Equipment, Systems & Services on the 9th-11th May 2017 in the NEC, Birmingham.

TPS welcome you to our stand!

Visit Stand E34 and witness our world-class rail products including our award-winning DC-DC Power Module, Auxiliary Power Supply (APS) for Monorail and At Seat Power Supply (ASP’s) for Diesel Multiple Units (DMU’s).

Our innovative power conversion DC-DC Power Module was recently awarded at the renowned Elektra event for ‘power systems of the year category’ 2016. APS for Monorail systems is successfully running in Sao Paulo and ASP’s product line are operating in over 1200 trains in the UK. This is a tangible expression of our ability to design and develop innovative solutions.

Railtex is the industry’s meeting place, the UK’s leading rail event covering railway equipment, systems and services, where visitors and exhibitors come together to see the latest technology in action, learn about new products/services, hear about key industry projects and do business.

Leading industry figures will be providing insights into prospects and opportunities for the UK rail sector during a comprehensive programme of events at Railtex 2017. The Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is perfectly accessible for rail travellers as it is situated right next to Birmingham International rail station.

Book an appointment

If you wish to meet us during the event or for further enquiries please email marketing@turbopowersystems.com.

Visitor registration

Entry tickets for Railtex 2017 will be available free of charge to all visitors who pre-register their attendance before the cut-off on 8 May 2017. After this time, you will still be able to register online or onsite at a cost of £20 per ticket.

We look forward to meeting you!

Turbo Power Systems (TPS) collaborate on a UK solar power project

TPS collaborate with Imperial College London, 10:10, Network Rail and other partners to investigate the use of track-side solar panels to power trains.

Network Rail is currently investing billions in electrifying the UK’s railways, in bid to significantly reduce the number of trains running on diesel fuel, curbing costs, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions in the process.

The project will look at connecting solar panels directly to the lines that provide power to trains, a move that would bypass the electricity grid in order to more efficiently manage power demand from trains. It is the first in the world to test the completely unique and innovative idea, which could have a wide impact with commercial applications on electrified rail networks all over the world.

Initially the project will look at the feasibility of converting “third rail systems”. These supply electricity to the locomotive through a power line running close to the ground. They have the advantage of matching the way electricity is supplied by solar panels as direct current, and using a similar voltage to the rail network of 750V DC.

There are several major technical hurdles that will have to be addressed before the system could be accepted for operation, for instance, maintenance personnel safety. Interfacing a PV system to a utility network has taken many years to develop protocols and algorithms, which allow the PV system to come online when the grid is healthy and offline if the local grid has become disconnected from the main utility network.

 

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TPS excels in this particular area. It has a staff member Tony Lakin who is the UK expert to the International Standards Committee IEC TC82 who will provide the specialist expertise. Tony said “this is a requirement because the grid must not be able to power back up again autonomously, if an engineer has disconnected the mains supply to enable safe working on the disconnected area. The same considerations apply to the third rail system; you do not want the local energy system repowering the rail if remedial work is being carried out on it, the maintenance engineers would not be happy”!

Another consideration is that third rail on most rail networks is also used for signalling purposes, so injecting power into this rail raises electromagnetic compatibility issues. TPS is ideally placed to solve these problems because it already manufactures convertors to pick up power from the third rail and distribute it to on-board systems within the rail vehicle. The interface to the rail forms a key role in their design process and TPS have many years of know-how in implementing safe and successful systems. TPS experience combined with Imperial’s capability gives an unparalleled amount of engineering expertise to this project.

Imperial’s experience is on integration and management of renewable energy sources in electricity grids, while TPS work on the distribution and management of power in the railway sector. “TPS and Imperial really give us the full technical package,” says Leo. “We couldn’t have better partners to work out how we can integrate solar power with our trains.”

The Renewable Traction project will start on 1 February 2017. It is a collaboration between 10:10, Turbo Power Systems (TPS), Community Energy South, Network Rail and Energy Futures Lab. It is funded through Innovate UK’s Energy Game Changers programme. It will release the results of their feasibility study in late 2017.

Find out more about this project here: Plugging solar power into our railways

 

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