TPS is on the right track to becoming a winner at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards 2019

We have been shortlisted in the Environment category at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards due to our most recent product: the new Auxiliary Power Supply (APS) unit for London Underground’s Central Line.

With two years in a row where we’ve received highly commended certificates for our achievements in the Railway market, we have now entered the the Railway Industry Innovation Awards competition with a brand-new product: Our ground-breaking APS unit for one of LU’s deep-level tube lines which is now in the running at the prestigious awards in the “Environment” section.

“Innovation” is our middle name:

Upon being awarded a multi-million-pound contract by Bombardier Transportation, TPS is currently developing and supplying highly efficient and compact APS equipment for 680 cars as part of Transport for London’s (TfL) Central Line improvement programme. Our APS units hold an essential role in BT’s refurbishment programme as our innovative equipment will be utilised to service on-board equipment such as saloon ventilation, CCTV, LED lighting in the carriages, door system and charging the train batteries.

The cutting-edge SiC technology embedded in these units will significantly improve energy efficiency of the trains and reduce the total cost of ownership for LU, this way helping the operator in reaching set energy efficiency targets. LU Central Line is one of the most extreme environments for both electrical and mechanical equipment to survive. Having this in mind, our APS equipment is specifically designed for severe rail environment, high vibration and space constraints. Also, its natural cooling system allows the operator to reduce maintenance costs and enables a greener use of energy.

The Railway Industry Innovation Awards:

The 2019 awards will be the 22nd event for the longest standing award scheme in the Railway industry. Organised by the 4th Friday Club, the Awards are held annually with the aim of bringing together various players in the Railway market and celebrating the brightest ideas and projects in the industry.

This year’s event will take place at the Hilton Paddington in London on the 28th June.

A panel comprising industry experts will judge the shortlisted entries across eight different categories: Engineering and safety, Environment, Passenger experience, Cross-industry partnership, Small scale project, Large project and Operations & Performance. They will be assessing the degree of innovation, evidence of research, delivery and practicability of each entry. The winners will be presented with a fine cut glass engraved vase from Dartington Glass.

Join us on the 28th June to celebrate all projects that have been shortlisted at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards this year and for the announcement of winners!

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

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

Full stand for TPS at Railtex 2019!

TPS team have been busy during Railtex this year – With new products to showcase and a fresh stand design, we made this year’s event unforgettable!

We exhibited in Hall 3 at the NEC, Birmingham, between the 14-16 May 2019. Can you recognise our stand?

TPS team at Railtex 2019 (2)

We have received a number of visits in our new stand from top train builders and operators such as Chiltern Railways, Alstom, Hitachi or Siemens. 

In addition to hosting stand visitors and attending meetings, we have also provided Railtex organisers with an interview on our exhibits and current projects – description that was delivered by our Engineering and Business Development Manager, Dr. Nigel Jakeman:

Which units did we exhibit?

  • Our recently developed Auxiliary Power Supply for London Underground’s Central Line was one of the main attractions in our stand. This brand-new and cutting-edge system is being built for our life-long customer – Bombardier Transportation. The new APS unit has stirred curiosity due to its compact design and new SiC technology that it incorporates.
  • The innovative APS system for Monorail was also displayed in our stand, unit which has been developed with efficient maintenance in mind due to it’s modular design.

Railtex 2019

The event has just completed its 14th year! Railtex is the UK’s leading exhibition for railway equipment, systems and services, which brings industry professionals together in one place to network and discover the latest technologies and projects within the railway sector.

If you would like to learn more about our power conversion systems for railway applications, please contact us on marketing@turbopowersystems.com.

Our team will deliver a presentation on Bi-Directional DC-DC converters @ PCIM Europe 2019

TPS will deliver a presentation at PCIM Europe 2019

Our new projects within the Energy sector are coming to life and this is due to the ground-breaking technologies utilised in our solutions which are mainly deployed for applications in the area of Smart Grid, Electric Vehicle Charging, Renewables, Energy Storage and Railway. As part of our ongoing R&D initiatives, TPS team will be delivering a presentation on a 100kW Bi-Directional DC-DC Converter that uses SiC Mosfets at PCIM Europe on 9 May in Nürnberg.

Global electricity demand is growing rapidly and this is leading towards an increasing penetration of renewable energy generators, such as solar photovoltaics and the uptake of electric vehicles (EV). In this context, the ageing electrical grid requires innovative systems that facilitate the integration of these low carbon technologies into the distribution network and the need for bi-directional power flows is growing. This is where our cutting-edge solutions come in – During PCIM, our team will describe an isolated bi-directional full bridge DC-DC converter developed by TPS which can play a key role in the area of power electronics for smart grid reinforcement.

Want to discover more about our revolutionary solutions? Join TPS at PCIM Europe and listen to our team’s presentation to learn more about our latest innovation.

Conference programme:

Click here to download the programme and find us on page 38 / 39 – Special Session: Smart Transformers

Address:

Room München 1 – NürnbergMesse, Karl-Schönleben-Str. Messeplatz 1
90471 Nürnberg

Dates & Times:

9 May 2019, at 11:15

About PCIM Europe

PCIM is one of the leading power electronic conferences that offers a user-driven platform for industry-specific presentations from the R&D departments of leading companies and universities. Attendees benefit from targeted knowledge transfer and, in first-time publications, specialists report on their latest developments and trends. Conference topics include the latest developments in power semiconductors, passive components, products for thermal management, energy storage, sensors, new materials and systems.

TPS gives speech at Better Networks Forum on our next-gen power converters for Active Response

Wondering what TPS is up to? We are working on a new, much more efficient generation of power converters for both LV and MV networks, as part of Active Response:

Earlier this year TPS’s Engineering & Business Development Director, Dr. Nigel Jakeman, participated as one of the main speakers at the Better Networks Forum, event organised by our partners, UK Power Networks. Here he joined Alex Jakeman – Innovation Project Lead at UK Power Networks – in describing the intricacies of Active Response and our role in this ground-breaking project.

Dr. Nigel Jakeman speaking during Better Networks Forum - event hosted by UK Power Networks

Better Networks Forum took place on 23 January 2019 at the IET, Savoy Place in London and it focused on describing UK Power Networks’ innovative projects that have the primary goal of securing a safer, more efficient and more reliable electricity network.

One of the key projects presented during the Forum referred to the revolutionary Active Response trial for which TPS is providing the hardware platform through our award winning range of power converters that enable the creation of Soft Open Points on the distribution network. This project leads the way to efficiently managing spare network capacity that could save customers £271m and cut more than 448,000 tonnes of carbon emissions by 2030.

Building on the learnings that we have gained from the flagship Flexible Urban Networks (FUN-LV) project, as holders of a key role in Active Response we are now building a new generation of converters that will bring significant benefits to both the Low Voltage (LV) and Medium Voltage (MV) networks. This will lead to a better balance of power between substations to facilitate a higher adoption of low carbon technologies, such as the predicted increase in electric vehicles.

During his speech, Dr. Jakeman explained how the SOP converters works, what our initial power converters had achieved and how we are upgrading these devices to the next level for Active Response.

The main benefits that our next-generation converters will bring to the LV Network can be summarised into:

  • Silent operation due to faster switching
  • Continuous Rating increased by 60%.
  • Electrical Losses halved
  • Forced cooling near eliminated
  • Single sided access to reduce pavement utilisation and enable ease of service, more space efficient

The enabler for the above benefits is Silicon Carbide Semiconductor Switching technology which we are utilising in this project.

At MV level, we are building a Soft Power Bridge (SPB) which will have the same functionality as the LV SOP, however utilising a different architecture to deliver meshing capability at 11kV. To create a commercially viable solution for MV networks, Silicon Carbide comes into play once again for same reasons as for LV: noise, size and loss reduction.

Listen to Dr. Jakeman below to understand more about our next-gen power converters and how we are improving our solutions to better suit the requirements of today’s network:

Railtex 2019, here we come!

TPS will be exhibiting at Railtex 2019: The International Exhibition of Railway Equipment, Systems & Services. You will find us at NEC, Birmingham between the 14th-16th May 2019.Join TPS at Railtex 2019 - Blog post

Meet our team at Stand F40 to witness and gain first-hand knowledge of our exceptional power conversion products for railway applications.

Which of our units will you find at the TPS stand?

This year at Railtex, one of our brand-new innovations will be in the spotlight: Our recent APS system developed for Bombardier Transportation – LU Central Line. We bring a suite of improvements to these new units which are naturally cooled and require minimum maintenance. The APS units uses cutting-edge SiC technology to improve efficiency, reduce size and weight and enable a greener use of energy.

Central Line’s new APS equipment is designed for severe rail environment, space constraints and high vibration, while being developed with an intelligent monitoring system which records events and conditions sent by the control system.

We will be showcasing our Auxiliary Power Supply unit for São Paulo Monorail once again to highlight its many benefits and innovative features: A modular approach to component placement for efficient maintenance; Liquid cooling system designed to allow operation under extreme environments; Designed, tested and validated for monorail platform.

Railtex 2019

In it’s 14th year, Railtex is the industry’s premier platform for companies serving all aspects of the infrastructure and rolling stock sectors. It is the UK’s leading exhibition for railway equipment, systems and services, placing industry professionals together in one place to network, observe the latest technologies in the railway sector, learn about new products, services and key industry projects.

Meet TPS at Railtex 2019:

Meet our team at Railtex this year @ NEC, Birmingham | Stand F40 – Hall 3 | 14- 16 May 2019

Book an appointment

If you wish to meet us during the event, or for further enquiries, please contact Ioana Briciu from our marketing team on marketing@turbopowersystems.com.

Visitor registration

Entry tickets for Railtex 2019 will be available free of charge to all visitors who pre-register their attendance before the 13th May 2019. 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!