AEG Power Solutions, a leading provider of power electronic systems and solutions for industrial power supplies and renewable energy applications, announced that it has been chosen by Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, to supply on-board battery chargers, inverters and DC/DC converters for electric locomotives ordered by Deutsche Bahn.
Bombardier has won a framework contract from Deutsche Bahn for up to 450 locomotives to be delivered by 2023. The manufacturing of the 130 locomotives, which were called off first, started in 2014. The serial production will ramp up in 2015. The ordered locomotives are of Bombardier’s existing BOMBARDIER TRAXX platform.
For this project, AEG Power Solutions (AEG PS) developed a new customized solution specifically for Bombardier, based around its existing battery chargers, inverters and DC/DC converters. One solution includes three modules each providing 20A. Redundancy and in-built battery management guarantee continued operation after the first internal failure, therefore ensuring the highest levels of reliability.
Electric locomotives are a challenging environment for on-board battery chargers, converters and inverters, with a wide ambient temperature range from -40°C to +70°C, harsh conditions in terms of shock and vibration, and extremely wide input voltage and frequency ranges. AEG PS ensures that its components are manufactured with premium, high-grade components to withstand these challenges and deliver excellent reliability.
“In railway power supplies, AEG PS has more than 60 years of experience in providing robust and rugged power for on-track, wayside and infrastructure applications,” says Klaus Riekoetter, Sales Director Middle East and Europe at AEG Power Solutions. “We offer component life expectancy that matches that of the trains themselves.”
This new deal extends the long relationship between AEG PS and Bombardier. AEG PS has supplied Bombardier with more than 12,000 modules over the last 15 years for its locomotive platforms, and the AEG PS products have achieved high levels of reliability in service.