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ABB helps to transform mobility in Austria

Transformers will be installed on 21 trains that will run in the Vorarlberg region as well as connect with neighbouring countries

The trains operate between rural and urban areas in Austria's Vorarlberg region
The trains operate between rural and urban areas in Austria's Vorarlberg region

On average, every Austrian citizen travels about 1,425km by train every year

Efflight is a next-generation transformer, reducing the amount of oil required by 70 per cent

ABB traction technologies will power 21 trains that will operate between rural and urban areas in Austria’s Vorarlberg region.


The order secured from Bombardier Transportation will initially see the company deliver 42 Effilight roof-mounted traction transformers for its Talent 3 electric multiple unit (EMU) platform models.


Traction transformers feed power at safe voltages to essential train functions like traction, brakes, lighting, heating and ventilation, as well as passenger information, signalling and communication.


ABB describes it as a breakthrough order for the recently introduced Effilight transformer and it forms part of a frame contract to deliver up to 600 traction units for 300 trains by the end of 2024.


“Bombardier and ABB have an excellent track record of cooperation, and this latest success reaffirms our position as a supplier of choice and reliable long-term technology partner,” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB Power Grids.


“Effilight is an innovative technology that supports our strategy to develop solutions to support sustainable mobility for millions of commuters and we are pleased to implement our first commercial installation on the Austrian rail network.”


Urbanisation and economic development are driving the need for efficient mobility as an increasing number of people rely on commuter, regional and intercity transportation systems that connect urban centres with surrounding suburbs and the regions beyond.


On average, every Austrian citizen travels about 1,425km by train each year, the third highest in the world in the use of train travel after Japan and Switzerland. According to ABB, the country has a vision to transport 500 million passengers a year and 150 million tons of freight by 2020, across nearly 5,000km of track. The planned addition to the rail network will support the realisation of this vision, it said.


Effilight is ABB’s next-generation traction transformer, which uses a patented high-technology cell design that can reduce the amount of oil required by up to 70 per cent, without compromising functionality.


This saving in oil volume compensates for the additional copper introduced to reduce losses and improve energy efficiency. To meet higher energy efficiency needs, ABB said it has optimised the design for a load loss reduction of 25 per cent, compared with a classic transformer of the same weight.



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