GE Selected to Provide Reliable and Efficient Power Supply

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  • GE is selected to deliver a Static Frequency Converter (SFC) solution for Deutsche Bahn Energie GmbH’s Btzow and Schwerin converter stations.
  • Expanded system dependability, reduced failure time and maintenance throughout the lifecycle of the system mean that GE is an ideal partner on this project.
  • GE allows rail operators to join different power grids and enhance rail system operations.


Berlin, November 5, 2015 GE (NYSE: GE) and Deutsche Bahn Energie GmbH (DB Energie) announced today that they are partnering to enhance Deutsche Bahns rail networks power supply.  Working with DB Energie, GE Energy Management will carry the technology and know-how that will join energy fed from the utility grid to the rail grid, which will guarantee a more constant and efficient power supply. The technique allows efficient power conversion and higher power, enhancing rail system operations.

Planned for delivery between 2017 and 2018, the converter station built by GE will convert power from the public utility grid, working at a frequency of 110kV/50Hz, to go into the de-central rail network 15kV/16.7Hz. This method aims to increase efficacy by decreasing power consumption in the railway system at the Btzow and Schwerin sites in Germany. GE Power Conversions static frequency converter (SFC) method will provide a steadfast, highly efficient electrical conversion.

GEs power quality solutions are not only appropriate for 16.7Hz railway systems. They enable 50Hz rail operators to dodge unbalanced utility grids and subsequent costs. In addition, they decrease complexity in the system by reducing the requirement for a high number of feeder stations and by removing the dead zone in overhead catenary lines. It enables enhanced rail system processes; the method also minimises downtime and upkeep.

John Chatwin, Power & Industry Segment Leader, GE Power Conversion, said:

With our power quality solution, we offer flexibility to connect rail grid to power grids at different locations or from different providers. The continuous partnership with DB Energie shows GEs solution stands the test of time and the reliable solution for rail operators.

Huschke Diekmann, GE Key Account Director Deutsche Bahn said:

GE is committed to providing top quality power conversion technology to DB Energie who is our valued customer. After the success of the Lohsa substation, we are confident that this project would be another positive chapter in our relationship with DB Energie.


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