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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TPS celebrate after scooping Elektra Award!

Winners for Power Systems Product of 2016 category

TPS have won the Elektra Award for Power Systems Product of 2016 category and we are truly honored! Engineering and Business Development Director Nigel Jakeman and Power Electronics Engineer Andrew Tenwick collected the glass trophy at this year’s Elektra European Electronics Awards.

“We would like to give a huge thank you to Electronics Weekly and its judges. This award is an honor and validation of the positive progress we have made over the last few years. TPS have grown in sales and staff, and we continue to increase the capabilities of our products for the Rail industry”, said CEO Carlos Neves.

Andrew and Nigel celebrating a win with wine!

Award-winning product

TPS was recognised for our High Voltage DC-DC 100kW Power Converter Module, the next-gen product for the Railway Industry. The main purpose of the DC-DC converter module will be to provide stable and isolated DC output for power conversion applications. This module will be lighter and compact with reduced losses compared to legacy designs thereby contributing to a greener use of energy.

The intended application is principally for power conversion and isolation on board rail vehicles. Other applications include power distribution as a means of galvanic isolation or as a solid state transformer (SST). Electrical / mechanical robustness, high efficiency, low weight and compact dimensions are key requirements for the railway industry and this module is designed with all these objectives in mind. There are different versions available that cover variable input voltages, various cooling arrangements and variable conversion power/voltage outputs. In short these modules can be tailored to meet customer requirements.

The award winning DC-DC Power Module.

For more information about the DC-DC please contact our Marketing Team via marketing@turbopowersystems.com or call 0191 482 9200.

The Ceremony

Elektra Awards 2016 awarded 20 companies that applied to their chosen category!

All Elektra Award Winners celebrating their win!

Nigel Jakeman and Andrew Tenwick from TPS, attended the fourteenth annual Elektra Awards ceremony which took place on Thursday 1st December 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Turbo Power Systems win Power Systems Product of 2016!

 

InnoTrans 2016 here we come!

We welcome you to visit us in Hall CityCube Stand 225H on the 20th – 23rd of September 2016.

TPS are joining thousands of exhibitors in the World’s leading trade fair for transport technology, InnoTrans 2016 to take place in Germany, Messe Berlin. The event will begin with a high calibre opening ceremony, with over 1,000 national and international senior representatives of the business, scientific and political communities expected to attend. Other activities include InnoTrans Convention, Speakers’ Corner, CEO Guided Tours and Innovation Tours.

This is an incredible opportunity to witness ground breaking innovations including our own. Experience our cutting-edge Auxiliary Power Supply products, which are successfully operating all over the world. This is tangible expression of our ability to design and develop innovative solutions. View our exhibitor page here to read more about the products that we will be showcasing.

Wish to visit us? We have FREE digital vouchers for one day of the event only. These are LIMITED to numbers. The cost of a normal one day visitor pass is €45. You can also book a time slot in a private meeting room with one of our sales representatives. For either enquiries please email: marketing@turbopowersystems.com.

We look forward to meeting you.

TPS grows its presence!

We are excited to share that TPS are exhibiting at the well renowned event InnoTrans for 3 days i.e from 20-23rd Sep’16.

InnoTrans is the world’s leading international trade fair for Transport Technology and takes places every two years in Berlin. With a focus on Railway Technology, Infrastructure, Interiors and Public Transport, the event will occupy 40 halls at Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

At the event, we will be showcasing our cutting edge next-gen rail products and welcome you to visit our stand.

Watch out for more information in our next post. http://www.innotrans.de/en/AtAGlance/

InnoTrans 2016

TPS wins award at UKRIA 2016 for ‘Traction and Rolling Stock’ category.

We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to share that we have won under ‘Traction and Rolling Stock’ category at UKRIA Awards 2016 held at Battersea Evolution, London on 11th Feb 2016. This is one of the 23 coveted UK Rail Industry Awards and we won against staggering number of entries all of exceptional quality. This is proof of TPS’s credibility and capability to offer robust power conversion solutions to the rolling stock industry. No wonder we are trusted by global customers to deliver quality and reliable solutions.

http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/ukria/winners/2016

We received the award for innovation, planning and execution on Class 321 air conditioning power supply project. The power supply was developed to meet the demands of the air conditioning system installed in the Class 321 fleet. All of the power supply components are housed in a single, under floor mounted, naturally cooled steel enclosure. The equipment is ruggedly constructed to withstand severe rail environment and the unique design technique provides extremely reliable performance during operation. The power supply includes a comprehensive monitoring system which records events and conditions reported by the control system. The power supply also comes with a portable test equipment software whereby the train operator can plug-in a laptop computer and can diagnose the system. Please refer to link below for additional information on the product.

Datasheet – Air-conditioning Power Supply

TPS prides itself in offering highly reliable, lighter and efficient power conversion solutions to the global rolling stock industry. Rail operators and fleet owners are always looking for ways to minimize maintenance costs, increase system efficiency, improve power density and increase fleet availability and reliability. TPS has developed a suite of unique solutions for the ageing UK rolling stock, which provides all the aforementioned benefits at a value added price.

UKRIA Awards
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