TPS Welcomes UK Minister for Transport and Leader of the Gateshead Council

Gateshead-based Turbo Power Systems Ltd (TPS) were honoured to welcome Chris Heaton-Harris, UK Minister of State for Transport and Counsellor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council together with Nexus Managing Director Tobyn Hughes and Stadler Group CEO Thomas Ahlburg to their HQ on the Team Valley yesterday (27th January 2020).

The visit follows a prestigious ceremony held at Proto Space in Gateshead where Nexus announced that the Swiss train builder Stadler Rail as their fleet supplier for the new Tyne and Wear Metro in a landmark £362 million contract. The company will work with more than 30 new supply chain partners in the UK advanced manufacturing, technology and construction sectors, half of them in North East England, creating and securing hundreds of skilled jobs.

TPS have been supplying bespoke power conversion systems for rail for over 40 years and have established themselves as the supplier of choice to some of the biggest rolling stock manufacturers in the world. In this time, TPS have employed some of the finest specialist power electronics engineers in the country and are looking forward to having the opportunity to apply this expertise to a project with such profound local importance.

Carlos Neves, Chief Executive Officer of TPS said: “It’s not every day that Gateshead receives such a high-profile visit from esteemed members of Parliament and the rail industry, so we relished the opportunity to exhibit some of our innovative power conversion systems for rail. The Tyne and Wear Metro is a huge part of everyday life for people living in the North East, transporting over 36 million passengers every year and so ensuring that passengers have a reliable service will be a top priority for both Stadler Rail and Nexus. We are hopeful that we will have the opportunity to deploy our expertise to this project since we have a proven track record in supplying power conversion systems for many global rail projects. This project holds significant importance to TPS because it will greatly benefit our local community; we are a North East company, employing North East people who use the Tyne & Wear metro every day.”

The regeneration of the Tyne and Wear Metro has been a decade long project which began in 2010 and will be completed with the installation of a new fleet of Metros set to be operational by the end of 2024. The project has been supported throughout by the North East Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Specially designed and built, the new trains will take Metro into the future with world-class reliability and comfort, much greater energy-efficiency and a full suite of modern carriage features and technology. It is a fundamental part of the economic and social life of North East England – taking 15 million car journeys off the region’s roads and helping town and city centres to thrive. New trains, the first of which are scheduled to be delivered from 2022, will provide decades of effective service to Metro and its passengers.

TPS Receive IRIS Certification

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) from Lloyds Register for the design, development, maintenance and manufacture of Auxiliary Systems and Power Electronic Equipment for Rail.

IRIS is a globally recognised standard unique to the railway sector for the evaluation of management systems. Promoted by UNIFE and supported by operators, system integrator and equipment manufacturers, IRIS complements the internationally recognised ISO 9001 quality standard introducing rail specific requirements.

We are very proud to be a world class specialist supplier of innovative power and energy conversion solutions for rail; having this accreditation to complement our offering means that we will continue to strengthen our position as the supplier of choice for auxiliary power systems.

Well done to all of our team who have worked incredibly hard to attain this standard!

We have been highly commended at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards 2019

Highly commended certificate for TPS at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards 2019

Once again TPS has proven that innovation is at the core of its solutions! Last week at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards we have received a highly commended certificate in the Environment Category due to our efficient Auxiliary Power Supply (APS) units that we are developing for London Underground.

These state-of-the-art APS units are being built for Bombardier Transportation and will be fitted into 680 cars of LU Central Line. The technology we have incorporated in these power converters will lead to improved energy efficiency for the trains and a lower total cost of ownership for the operator.

Feet owners, rail operators and train builders are continuously searching for ways to minimise maintenance costs, improve system efficiency, reduce carbon footprint, whilst increasing fleet availability and reliability. TPS is addressing all of these challenges and has brought BT a truly clever solution to improve LU’s fleet. Our key innovation entails the employment of cutting-edge Silicon Carbide (SiC) technology in the Central Line APS which will bring a suite of benefits to the operator, including:

  • Reduced cooling requirements and optimised system costs
  • Reduced weight and size, along with higher efficiency levels
  • Minimised system complexity and improved reliability

Our APS equipment for LU is designed for increased availability and can withstand severe rail environment. All APS components are located in a compact under-floor mounted enclosure which is naturally cooled, this way leading to minimum maintenance requirements. These systems represent a core component of BT’s refurbishment programme for Central Line. Our innovative equipment is aimed to service all on-board equipment including LED lighting in the carriages, saloon ventilation, door system, CCTV and battery charging.

We are one of the very few companies that are utilising wide band gap semiconductors like SiC in developing our power electronics products and we are honoured to receive recognition within this prestigious competition for our pioneering work in the Rolling Stock market.

As we are continuously striving to deliver innovative, efficient and greener solutions, being highly commended in the Environment category is an acknowledgement of our pedigree and capabilities in the power electronics field.

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About the event: The Railway Industry Innovation Awards was founded in 1998 and represent the longest-standing awards scheme in the UK railway industry. Further information about this award is available on

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!

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

Watch our new railway capabilities Video!

We are thrilled to announce that we have launched a new Video which describes our capabilities within the Railway sector!

Our new video focuses on defining our product portfolio for railway applications, it shows what our power conversion systems can achieve and summarizes the turnkey solutions TPS offers for Rail Operators, Fleet Owners, Original Equipment Manufacturers, System Integrators and Overhaul Firms.

Though this new video we are proud to present our expertise and successful projects which have been driven by innovation and our passion for delivering best-in-class power conversion systems.

Find out more about TPS and watch our new Railway Capabilities Video here: