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

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!

We are finalists at the Made in the North-East Awards 2018!

TPS shortlisted for Made in The North-East Awards 2018

TPS has been acknowledged for its contribution to the manufacturing sector of the North-East of England:

We are happy to announce that we have been shortlisted for the prestigious Insider Made in the North East Awards! The winners will be announced on 18th October 2018 during the gala awards dinner at Redworth Hall Hotel, Newton Aycliffe.

TPS have been selected as finalists in the Manufacturing Innovation category this year. This recognition has arrived as a result of our recent projects where we have been applying our capabilities and experience to develop our next-generation power conversion solutions.

Within the past few decades, TPS has been dedicated to delivering cutting-edge power conversion solutions for various applications. Not only do we strive to provide best-in-class products for our customers worldwide, but we also support economic growth in the North-East of England through various activities:

  • Many TPS projects are developed in collaboration with local DNOs and universities
  • We sustain UK businesses by employing the services of local suppliers
  • We undergo apprenticeship programmes for local students / graduates

Made in the North East Awards 2018:

Now in its seventh year, this prestigious awards ceremony recognises and rewards manufacturing talent and skills within the North-East area and gives local companies the opportunity to celebrate their ongoing commitment to world-class quality and excellence.

Join us on the 18th October to celebrate all projects that have been shortlisted this year and for the announcement of winners! The winners from this event will automatically become finalists for Insider’s national manufacturing final, National Made in the UK Awards.

To see the full shortlist view here.

If you wish to find out more about the shortlisted products, please contact

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

Join TPS at LCNI 2018! Visit us on Stand G03 at The International Centre Telford

TPS is exhibiting at LCNI 2018

Meet TPS at Stand G03 on 16-17 October!

Book an appointment with one of our team members – To secure your slot, please click here.

Why visit our stand?

This year has been one of great expectations and even greater achievements for our Smart Grid team here at TPS. We have a number of exciting projects currently in development that aim to revolutionise the Energy market within the coming years. Some of these projects are listed below:

  • Active Response – This revolutionary project highlights our next generation Power Converters – These will be used by TPS in collaboration with UK Power Networks with the aim to release spare network capacity and reduce customer bills within the next few decades.
  • E-LOBSTER – Have you ever imagined connecting Railways, Electric Vehicles Chargers, Solar Photovoltaic Cells, Storage Systems and the Electricity Grid? Well…. TPS and its partners did it!
  • Smart Hubs – TPS is developing a Smart System that will allow Electric Vehicles to give power back to the National Grid. Let’s power-up using Low Carbon Technologies!
  • TPS and Northern Powergrid are developing an innovative solution and new technologies to help secure the electricity supply to isolated areas.

By visiting our stand, you will have the opportunity to learn more about each of our new projects. Moreover, you will witness our cutting-edge Power Converters for smart grid reinforcement which made all of the above possible! A visit to our stand will provide the ideal setting to discuss your specific requirements with our esteemed engineers in Smart Grid.

Our exhibits will include the award-winning Dual and Tri-Terminal converters that facilitate the creation of Soft Open Points (SOPs) on the Distribution Network. These power electronic converters make use of spare network capacity at existing substations to enable capacity sharing using Low Carbon Technologies.

TPS’ Dual and Tri-Terminal converters received first place at UK EIA 2017 in the Losses competition for significantly improving losses on the distribution network. They were also awarded with the “Best Electricity Network Improvement” at the 2015 Energy Innovation Awards. TPS’ innovative converters were installed in multiple locations across London and Brighton.

Low Carbon Networks & Innovation Conference (LCNI) 2018

In its 8th year, LCNI will be returning to Telford to showcase the latest technologies and innovative engineering work taking place across the electricity and gas networks. This year, LCNI will bring together over 60 exhibitors from 13 different countries.

Taking place at the The International Centre Telford between 16-17th October 2018, the conference & exhibition will explore key learnings from electricity and gas network innovation projects, and will also provide project focused presentations, keynote speeches and multiple workshop sessions.

Book your place

To book your meeting with TPS at LCNI 2018 in Telford, please click here.

You can visit the Low Carbon Networks & Innovation Conference website for more information:

We look forward to meeting with you at our stand!

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TPS invite you to InnoTrans 2018!

Meet our experts at InnoTrans – The largest railway trade fair in the world!

Meet TPS team at InnoTrans 2018

TPS will be exhibiting at InnoTrans this September and are thrilled to invite you to our Stand 206M in Hall 2.2!

InnoTrans is the leading international trade fair for transport technology and will take place at Messe Berlin between 18th and 21st September this year. The event is divided into five segments: Railway Technology, Public Transport, Railway Infrastructure, Interiors and Tunnel Construction, while covering all 41 halls available at Berlin Exhibition Grounds. InnoTrans 2018 will commence with a high calibre opening ceremony hosting over 1,000 national and international senior representatives of the business, scientific and political communities.

This would be a fantastic opportunity to witness our revolutionary innovations, as this year we will be showcasing our cutting-edge Auxiliary Power Supply equipment – which are successfully operating all over the world – and our award winning DC-DC Power Module. By visiting our stand, you will gain first-hand knowledge of how our innovative power conversion solutions will help your company improve efficiency, reduce life-cycle costs, optimise fleet reliability, and create greener systems.

View our exhibitor page here to read more about the products that we will be showcasing.

We are giving away FREE digital passes for 1 day of the event only (LIMITED to numbers). The cost of a normal 1 Day visitor pass is €48.

Wish to visit us? Book a meeting by following the below link:

Book your meeting with TPS here

You can also book a time slot in a private meeting room with one of our sales representatives by sending an email to

We look forward to meeting you and your te­am!