Orders for Stadler’s Wales & Borders railway franchise in the UK include customized ABB traction equipment for 71 rail units.
According to ABB, the traction equipment converts the electrical energy from the overhead power line, generator or battery into the correct voltage and frequency for driving the traction motors.
Out of these trains, 24 will be equipped with advanced technology to enable tri-mode operation, which powers the train via catenary lines, diesel generator or batteries.
The high-power, lithium-ion onboard energy storage system enables the train to operate in non-electrified sections of the tracks without engaging the diesel engine.
This decreases the carbon footprint as well as significantly reduces the cost and need of electrification.
To bring down emissions in and around Cardiff, Wales, 36 of the Stadler model CITYLINK tram-trains will be equipped with ABB traction equipment and energy storage systems to replace the current diesel fleet.
The tram-trains will operate with overhead lines on parts of the network while switching to battery mode on non-electrified sections.
Additionally, traction equipment will be installed in over 100 new regional trains and locomotives for operation in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Canada and the United States.
As ABB sees it, energy storage systems are becoming an integral part of rail vehicles and play a key role in sustainable mobility.
The increasing use of these technologies is helping to decarbonize transportation and brings a variety of benefits including improved energy efficiency, increased operational flexibility, lower costs of wayside infrastructure and total cost of ownership.
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