ABB elaborates energy-efficient solutions for rail transports

2014-09-01 - Providing an energy-efficient and reliable infrastructure solutions for rail transports is among the challenges that most of the city government is facing in improving the mobility for the growing urban populations. This challenge was responded by ABB in the 4th annual modern railways conference, where ABB took the opportunity to present a technical paper to participants who were the major key players in the industry from various countries. The event took place in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on August 20-22, 2014.
Christian Mueller, Senior Vice President of ABB railway segment spoke in the length of leveraging on the intelligent traction power supply systems, capturing and storing the regenerated braking energy and recycling it back, and utilizing solar power to achieve zero energy consumption of the electric bus system for urban transport.

Christian Mueller presented "Exploring energy-efficient and reliable infrastructure solutions for rail transport"

Globally, the population is growing rapidly and urban growth will accelerate in the years ahead, thus simultaneously there is an increased demand for alternative modes of transportation when the roads see challenges in the traffic and hazardous emission of CO2.

Modern rail infrastructure is seen as one of solutions to improve the mobility for the growing urban populations. ABB’s railway solutions are available to enable our customers to use energy effectively, creating a low carbon railway industry that operates with maximum efficiency and reliability,” said Joris Cocquyt, ABB's Manager for Discrete Automation and Motion in Indonesia.

Joris Cocquyt (left) explaining ABB's solutions for railways

Indonesia is considered as the country with strong growth potential in the railway industry. The government is moving forward to provide better public transportation especially in the high density region in the country and pushing ahead billions US dollars investment in transport infrastructure which more than half of it is budgeted for several railway projects across the country over the next years. Several projects underway are the track-doubling program as one of a number of essential projects that is expected to improve the country's basic infrastructure in addition to electrification and station improvements. The attractiveness of railfreight transport will soon improve through direct access to ports in Jakarta, Cirebon, Semarang and Surabaya.

ABB is a world leading independent supplier of innovative and reliable technologies to vehicles manufacturers, railway operators and system integrators. With a comprehensive offering for rolling stock and infrastructure as well as FACTS, network management solutions and SCADA systems, ABB also provides lifetime service support, including maintenance and retrofit.

Among some success stories, ABB has recently won a substations order from one of the largest private infrastructure conglomerates in Latin America to provide power for expanded metro lines in the Greater Salvador area of Brazil. The project will improve the urban transportation infrastructure by connecting the city center of Salvador de Bahia with the Aguas Claras neighborhood (Line 1 extension, 17.6 km) and onward to the coastal town of Lauro de Freitas, passing through Salvador International Airport (Line 2, 24.2 km). The new lines with a total of 22 stations will also provide fast transport to the Fonte Nova Stadium, one of the official venues of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Furthermore, in US, ABB has obtained a contract from Alstom Transport to supply new “state of the art” traction converters associated with the modernized train control management system (TCMS) and new electrical control panels for the overhaul of Baltimore’s entire fleet of fifty-three (53) light rail vehicles; they are operated by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). ABB’s scope of supply includes the replacement of the existing traction equipment, using ABB’s BORDLINE CC400 for propulsion with an integrated Battery Charger, and the supply of a new Train Control System (including both hardware and software). The traction system will offer higher reliability and higher energy efficiency, as well as a more comfortable ride for the passengers.