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Spanish railways getting new generation trains thanks to ABB technologies

Spanish railways getting new generation trains thanks to ABB technologies
photo: railways getting new generation trains thanks to ABB technologies
17 / 02 / 2022

ABB has won orders in around $80 million from Stadler for energy-efficient traction and high-performance battery technologies for 59 double-deck commuter trains. These cars are aimed to operate in Spain’s major metropolitan areas under the flag of state-owned rail operator Renfe.

Many of these trains are going to serve the short-distance transportation network in Spain taking more than one million commuters each day in the largest cities like Madrid or Barcelona in a more sustainable way.

“After a decade-long successful collaboration in the propulsion locomotive segment, we are proud to receive Stadler’s continued trust to help deliver the most modern high-capacity trains together,” said Edgar Keller, President of ABB’s Traction Division. “Deep domain expertise ensures that ABB’s traction and energy storage solutions are optimized for energy-efficient and reliable sustainable transportation,” he added.

State of the art compact traction converters and high-power lithium-ion battery-based onboard energy storage systems are included in the orders that were booked in the fourth quarter of 2021. These trains will operate on 3kV direct current overhead lines and are also equipped with traction batteries for emergency use and depot maneuvering.

“We are glad to continue our collaboration with ABB in this new project. Its global expertise in traction systems, together with the local proximity excels close collaboration and enables innovation in these highly technological projects. ABB’s compact traction converter and energy storage systems are the best fit for these new generation high-capacity commuter trains supporting us to deliver energy-efficient and reliable fleets for the future,” said Iñigo Parra, CEO of Stadler Valencia

The compact design of traction equipment converts the electrical energy from the overhead powerline or a battery into the needed voltage and frequency to drive the traction motors. Saving space and energy and reducing weight.