Deutsche Bahn Orders Converter Station from Hitachi Energy

Hitachi Energy has received an order from Deutsche Bahn (DB) for a 120-megawatt (MW) converter station south of Berlin.

Rendering of Hitachi Energy Converter station in Thyrow.
Rendering of Hitachi Energy Converter station in Thyrow.

The Thyrow converter station will consist of three compact 40MW static frequency converter modules that use advanced power semiconductors to provide a steady and reliable power supply.

This will enable DB to convert electricity from the public three-phase power distribution grid, which operates at a frequency of 50 hertz (Hz) to 16.7Hz, and feed it into the rail power grid used to power trains and rail infrastructure across Greater Berlin.

The agreement includes a 30-year service contract and a digitalisation package to provide DB with condition-based and reactive maintenance and data insights into the system status throughout the station’s operational life.

Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business, said:

“We're delighted that Deutsche Bahn has selected Hitachi Energy as partner of choice to secure the 16.7 Hz power supply for their rail network.

“This is an excellent example of how we collaborate together with customers and partners to accelerate the energy transition and advancing a sustainable energy future for all.”

This order follows on from another awarded to Hitachi Energy by DB last year.

This was for a 160MW Delitz converter station in the greater Halle/Leipzig area, which will be one of the most powerful converter stations for rail power in the world.

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