TPS enters E-LOBSTER consortium to enhance distribution grid stability and reduce electricity losses in Railway networks and Power distribution networks

E-LOBSTER - connecting railway network, electricity grid and EV

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!

The entire world is trying to develop more efficient, reliable and greener energy systems and, at the same time, cope with an increasing demand for power.

In addition, the use of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) is increasing rapidly and, despite the positive impacts, the introduction of these new power flows on the grid is challenging under the current network configuration. To overcome this, the European Electricity Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) and Light-Railway networks are independently developing several programmes. Through these schemes, they are targeting electricity loss reductions, cost optimizations, grid stability control while upholding the demands of Electric Vehicles (EV), energy storage systems and prosumers.

Given this background, a new consortium has emerged to support the combination of all those needs in a project called E-LOBSTER. The name stands for “Electric LOsses Balancing through integrated STorage and power Electronics towards increased synergy between Railways and electricity distribution networks”. Within this consortium, TPS will once again collaborate with Newcastle University and 7 other members: RINA, Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), The University of Birmingham, Lithium Balance, Metro de Madrid, Spanish Railways Foundation (FFE) and The International Association of Public Transport (UITP).

This project intends to create an economically viable and easily replicable Transport-Grid Inter-Connection System that will establish synergies between three main players within the Energy and Transport sectors:

– Electrified urban transport networks (metro, trams, light railways etc.)
– Power distribution networks
– EV charging stations

Creating a connection between these players will enhance distribution grid stability through the inter-exchange of electricity and will lead to a much lower requirement for network reinforcements or upgrades. The enabler to deliver the objectives of the E-LOBSTER project is the use of smart Power Electronic Converters supplied by TPS. This solution will operate under an integrated Railway and Grid Management System which will optimize the capacity of both networks by improving the exchange of electricity between them, while supporting local RES self-consumption.

TPS’ role within this project will be to design, manufacture, deliver and test prototypes of Power Electronic Converters to facilitate resource sharing between the Electricity Distribution and Railway networks, aiming to achieve an integrated system.

E-LOBSTER will demonstrate the functionality of this new system in a real underground railway in Madrid. The railway would be connected to a local power distribution network with a high penetration of RES. The knowledge generated from the project will be further examined with the purpose of developing a superior design for a full-scale system, paving the way towards replication across the EU.

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774392.
Dr. Nigel Jakeman, TPS Engineering & Business Development Director, commented:

“Another great success for TPS, enabling us to further build on the benefits of our family of Smart Grid Converters. On this occasion, we are using our awards-winning Power Electronic Converters in an application that can benefit both Distribution Network Operators and Rail Operators alike. Other projects where we have used our Smart Converters are Renewable Traction Power and Flexible Urban Networks. We’re looking forward to working with our partners and demonstrating this truly novel and value adding system.”

 

For further information, please contact:

Nigel Jakeman, Engineering & Business Development Director

+44 (0) 191 482 9240 / njakeman@turbopowersystems.com

Or

Ioana Briciu, Marketing Assistant

+44 (0) 191 482 9278 / ibriciu@turbopowersytems.com

TPS’ revolutionary 3 in 1 technology – powering electro-diesel trains! A highly flexible and scalable power conversion solution

TPS - new APUs to Brush Traction Class 769 Flex trains

Another important win for TPS this year! We have been awarded a new contract by Brush Traction (A Wabtec company) to deliver Auxiliary Power Supply Units (APS) for the newly refurbished GWR fleet of Class 769 Flex trains owned by Porterbrook.

These trains will run on both electrified & non-electrified routes, operating on Heathrow Express services and between Reading – Gatwick.

The solution provided by TPS is designed to meet the requirements for tri-mode operation, this way allowing the train to use power from three different sources:

– Diesel-alternator set
– Third rail
– Overhead line equipment

This innovative technology is primarily designed to provide power for existing equipment and also for the new Air-Conditioning (HVAC) units. Our solution can lead to significant savings and, potentially, a Lower Carbon Footprint for the operator.

Focused on providing high levels of efficiency, the Auxiliary Power Supply Units (APS) designed by TPS will be configured for a motor alternator replacement application, using power from either one of the three sources. These APS units will then filter any fluctuations in the power sources and will provide a clean electricity supply to the equipment on the train.

Our APS unit within these trains presents a series of advantages, some of which include: a higher flexibility in operation, increased reliability and a robust design which can endure severe rail environment and space constraints. Our APS units are manufactured using a technology that allows the magnetic components to be significantly reduced in size and weight, this way allowing our auxiliary power units to be mounted in a single underfloor enclosure.

Other key benefits associated with these systems include high conversion efficiency at which they operate, and this greatly reduces the equipment’s power losses, leading to a greener power conversion solution. These APS units also include an intelligent monitoring system which records events and conditions reported by the system.

In recent years many changes and challenges have been shaping the rail industry, some of which relate to urban growth, digitalisation, the need for high-speed transport and the different energy sources designed to power trains. Here at TPS our highly experienced team are constantly innovating and gracefully embracing these challenges by designing and incorporating cutting-edge technologies into our products. TPS has a pedigree of successfully developing APS units for rolling stock platforms for more than 30 years.

Building on the success of our fruitful relationship wih Wabtec, this new project represents an important milestone in our ongoing collaboration and shows that our expertise in delivering highly reliable and efficient power conversion systems is key to developing best-in-class solutions for the rail industry.

Carlos Neves, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

I am extremely pleased that after many years of successfully collaborating with Wabtec on several projects, we have now won this promising new contract with Brush Traction. We are confident that this contract is only the beginning of a rewarding partnership. We aim to fully demonstrate our capabilities by delivering an innovative and sustainable solution which will help Brush Traction to reduce carbon footprint and save costs.

 

For further information, please contact:
Ioana Briciu, Marketing Assistant
+44 (0) 191 482 9278 / ibriciu@turbopowersytems.com

Accolade for TPS at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards 2018

Turbo Power Systems (TPS) has received a highly commended certificate in the Environment Category at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards 2018. This certificate was received for TPS’s ground-breaking and ultra-efficient DC-DC Power Module.

The Rolling Stock (railway vehicle) market is craving for compact, light-weight, reliable, efficient and greener power conversion systems. To this effect, TPS’s DC-DC module was designed to develop the next generation of innovative power conversion equipment that will achieve all the above-mentioned goals.

One of the main power conversion equipment in the rail vehicle is an Auxiliary Power Supply Unit (APU). TPS has been designing these APUs for over 30 years and its core objective is to solve the power conversion needs of other equipment installed on board a rail vehicle.

TPS’s APU unit consists of three stages namely the input stage, the conversion stage, and the output stage. They are designed to take voltage from multiple power sources such as overhead line, 3rd rail, diesel-electric engine and batteries. Once these sources are connected, the APUs convert them to a stable and clean supply for use by on-board and utility equipment such as air conditioning compressors, brake compressors, lighting, passenger information systems, at seat sockets, microwave, fridge etc.

TPS’s DC-DC Power Module is designed using cutting-edge Silicon Carbide (SiC) components and is incorporated into the input stage of the APU. These SiC components operate at a higher switching frequency than standard silicon components resulting in size and weight reductions and reduced losses (i.e. higher efficiency). The DC-DC Power Module also provide galvanic isolation between input and output supply thereby ensuring protection for other equipment within the environment.

There are very few companies that are at the forefront of research in the application of SiCs and TPS will be one of the pioneers to effectively use this technology for the Rolling Stock market.

The applications for this DC-DC technology is multi-faceted and can be used in Transportation and Energy markets in the form of power converters, electric vehicle chargers, battery chargers, photovoltaic systems and isolated power transfer for electricity distribution.

As we continuously strive to exceed expectations by developing innovative and sustainable solutions, being highly commended is a recognition of TPS’s credibility and efforts in the power electronics field.

Other awards and shortlists for DC-DC Power Module were in prestigious events such as Elektra Awards 2016 and UKRIA 2018.

If you wish to find out more about our innovative DC-DC power module and other rail solutions, please contact TPS through sales@turbopowersystems.com

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About this Event
The Railway Industry Innovation Awards was founded in 1998 and represent the longest-standing awards scheme in the UK rail industry. Further information about this award is available in http://www.4thfriday.co.uk/railway-industry-innovation-awards/

TPS has been shortlisted for the Railway Industry Innovation Awards 2018!

TPS makes it as finalist for the Railway Industry Innovation Awards 2018. We have been selected in the Environment category within this year’s Railway Industry Innovation Awards competition due to our innovative DC-DC Power Module!

TPS’ successful 100kW DC-DC power module is integrated into power conversion systems and it uses cutting edge Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFETs in its design. As a result, the power module increases power conversion efficiency and provides a durable galvanic isolation from input to output. This way it ensures protection for other equipment within the environment.

This product has been awarded “Power System Product of the Year” in 2016 within the renowned Elektra Awards ceremony and has also been shortlisted in the Product Innovation category at UK Rail Industry Awards this year. As we continuously strive to exceed expectations by developing innovative and sustainable solutions, being chosen as finalists again is a recognition of our credibility and efforts.

The Railway Industry Innovation Awards were founded in 1998 and represent the longest-standing awards scheme in the industry. This annual event aims to gather all players within the railway sector, or anyone who is interested in innovative developments in this area, to celebrate the brightest ideas in the industry. Within this event, we have been previously awarded with a Highly Commended Certificate in 2017 for our Mark 3 static converters developed in collaboration with Chiltern Railways.

Railway Industry Innovation Awards 2018

The winners of this prestigious award will be announced during the Awards Ceremony which will take place on Friday 22nd June at the Hilton, Paddington in London. Join us on 22nd June to celebrate our innovation which has been shortlisted at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards and for the announcement of winners – it will certainly be a memorable night!

If you wish to find out more about our innovative DC-DC power module, please contact marketing@turbopowersystems.com.

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TPS wins contract with Bombardier Transportation (BT) to provide Auxiliary Power Supply units for London Underground (LU)

Auxiliary Power Supply

Bombardier Transportation (BT), Sweden has placed a multi-million pound order with TPS to provide Auxiliary Power Supply (APS) equipment for 680 cars of London Underground’s Central Line.

TPS’s scope is to design and supply a cutting edge, innovative, efficient and compact APS system that will enable BT to deliver a high-quality traction system for LU. The technology embedded in these Auxiliary Power Supply units will significantly improve energy efficiency of the trains and reduce the total cost of ownership for LU.

A pioneer in Rail Power Electronics, TPS have been awarded a multi-million pound contract by BT to design and supply a new APS system for Central Line’s fleet. The scope of work is to design, manufacture and supply APS equipment for 680 cars and this contract will run until 2024.

Housed in a compact, under-floor mounted enclosure, all APS components are naturally cooled and require minimum maintenance. The equipment is designed for increased availability and can withstand severe rail environment, such as extreme temperatures, space constraints and high vibration. TPS’ auxiliary power units are built with an intelligent monitoring system that records events and conditions sent by the control system. These units also come with portable test equipment software which enables the train maintainer to easily diagnose the system from their laptop.

The APS units also incorporate an innovative DC-DC Power Module using cutting edge Silicon Carbide (SiC) technology which can sustain much higher voltages and can be switched at a much higher frequency, hence equipment can be made smaller with improved reliability.

Carlos Neves, Chief Executive Officer of TPS, commented:

“I am extremely pleased that after 2 years of a true collaboration effort between TPS and Bombardier we won this significant project with London Underground. This contract proves that our sustainable investment on R&D in innovative technologies was adequate and allows us to fully demonstrate our capabilities. The long-term goal for TPS is to exceed expectations developing innovative and sustainable solutions that, in this case, will help BT and LU to reduce carbon footprint and minimise the energy used by the Tube network.”

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