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Flexible medium voltage DC electric railway systems

Objective

The overall aim of MVDC-ERS is to investigate the next generation railway electrification systems, DC power electronic traction transformers and technologies for integrating renewable sources, to challenge the traditional rail approach to develop innovative and breakthrough technological concepts.

The key objectives of the project are to:
RO1: To introduce new high-efficiency topologies of power conversion systems to convert medium-voltage AC power into medium-voltage DC power with the capability of limiting the short-circuit current.
RO2: To introduce high-power density topologies of power converters for on-board DC transformers.
RO3: To investigate the impact of the forthcoming wide band-gap semiconductor devices in terms of efficiency and voltage level for the converters of the feeder stations and in terms of weight and volume for the traction converters.
RO4: To understand how the new railway electrification system should be controlled and protected when renewable power sources are integrated.
RO5: To understand how on-board energy storage can be exploited and how it can optimise the operations of the network.
RO6: To work with industrial stakeholders to investigate the marketability of the new electrification system and trains.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/semiconductor device
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/topology

Call for proposal

H2020-S2RJU-OC-2018
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Funding Scheme

Shift2Rail-CSA - Coordination and Support Action

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 97 500

Participants (1)

UNIVERSITATEA TEHNICA CLUJ-NAPOCA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 27 500
Address
Str Memorandumului 28
400114 Cluj Napoca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments