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High voltage booster in railways

Objective

The increase of the power consumption of the rail traffic makes it necessary to find a system that allows to keep a sufficient voltage on the overhead line and also avoid the construction of costly new sub-stations. This system consists of an electronic booster compensating the voltage drop of the main power transformer of the railway sub-station.

European railway companies, such as the SNCF, RT, SNCB, NS, ITALFERR for 25 kV 50 Hz and DB-AG for 15 Kv 16 2/3 Hz will, in a first phase, write their common specifications, the latter being adopted to the industrial way of well known companies such as ANSALDO, CEGELEC and SIEMENS. In a second phase, the state-of-the-art will be completed by work from the universities. At a third stage, to solve the problem, new structures with semi-conductors such as GTO, IGBT or other components will be studied as well as more classical structures of converters.

Economic assessment, test books, environmental impacts will be made throughout the project to ensure a good viability and feasibility of this HVB project.

The last stage will consist in writing the specifications of a type of HVB with a technology chosen by the technical steering committee. The latter, composed by the six main partners (railways, industries, universities) will validate the main decisions to be taken during the project and the deliverables to be presented to the DGVII.

This project will be followed by a proposal to the Brite Euram Programme of DGXII in order to build prototype(s) recommended by the end of this HVB project.
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Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Address
35,Via Dodecaneso
16145 Genova
Italy

Participants (15)

ANSALDO TRASPORTI S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Dei Pescatori 35
16129 Genova
CEGELEC
France
Address
Rue Ampere, 9
91345 Massy
CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN ELECTROTECHNIQUE ET ELECTROTECHNIQUE DE BELFORT
France
Address
Rue Morimont, 1
90008 Belfort
DEUTSCHE BAHN AG
Germany
Address
Stephensonstrasse 1
60326 Frankfurt Am Main
ELECTRICITÉ DE FRANCE
France
Address
Avenue Général De Gaulle, 1
92141 Clamart
FACULTÉ POLYTECHNIQUE DE MONS
Belgium
Address
Boulevard Dolez, 31
7000 Mons
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE SUR LES TRANSPORTS ET LEUR SECURITE.
France
Address
Avenue Du General Malleret-joinville 2
94114 Arcueil
INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE
France
Address
Rue De La Houille Blanche,
38402 Saint-martin-d'hères
ITALFERR SPA
Italy
Address
Via Marsala, 67
00185 Roma
NV Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Netherlands
Address
Moreelsepark 1
3511 EP Utrecht
RAILTRACK
United Kingdom
Address
Berkshire House High Holborn, 171
WC1V 7AA London
SIEMENS AG
Germany
Address
Werner-von-siemens-strasse 67
91052 Erlangen
SOCIÉTÉ NATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER BELGES
Belgium
Address
Rue De France, 85
1060 Brussels
Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF)
France
Address
45 Rue De Londres
75379 Paris
Universität Stuttgart
Germany
Address
Nobelstrasse 12
70569 Stuttgart