The New generation of rail propulsion and control systems

Bombardier Transportation introduced at the UITP summit, its new generation of BOMBARDIER MITRAC solutions
Bombardier Transportation introduced at the UITP summit in Stockholm, its new generation of BOMBARDIER MITRAC solutions, redesigned to minimize lifecycle costs, lessen damaging environmental impact and increase overall energy efficiency.

The new portfolio includes three new generation technologies: MITRAC Power, MITRAC Pulse, and MITRAC Control.

MITRAC Power encompasses the entire propulsion system and high voltage equipment, including air-cooled and water-cooled traction converters. The MITRAC Power 1500 converter achieves energy reductions of up to 35%, 19 dB lower noise emissions, and 25% lower lifecycle costs.

MITRAC Pulse covers all energy management solutions, including onboard energy storage products. The MITRAC Pulse traction battery is used in Bombardier’s TALENT 3 BEMU version for catenary-free operations. The battery train has proven to be the most cost-effective and CO2-free alternative to diesel trains in terms of the total cost of ownership over the train’s entire service life.

MITRAC Control focuses on the Train Control and Management System (TCMS), coordinating the flow of information between the train and wayside systems. MITRAC Control solutions have been around for over 20 years and are continuously updated, maximizing the efficiency and the remote control of the gear.

The Center of Excellence in propulsion and railway control located in Trapaga, Basque Country, has been, and it is, involved in the development and supply of MITRAC propulsion gear. Their work has a presence in projects such as the Zefiro trains, São Paulo monorail, Spanish high-speed trains AVE S102, S112 and S130, Saudi Arabia´s Haramain, TRAXX platforms (locomotives) and Talent3 (electric battery based train) or Madrid´s and Rome´s Metro system. In addition, the prototype of the MITRAC Power 1500 traction converter’s, with silicium carbide semiconductors, was tested in the MOVIA C20 metro vehicle in Stockholm.