Hitachi ABB Power Grids India wins Rs 120-crore order

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids India has bagged a Rs120-crore transformer supply order from the Government of India’s electric locomotive manufacturer Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW).

These transformers will be used by CLW for 400 passenger and freight locomotive engines.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids India will supply 6,531kVA transformers for goods locomotive engines and 7,775kVA transformers for passenger. The transformers will feed power to essential train functions like traction, lighting, heating and ventilation, brakes, signaling and communication.

“The order from CLW… strengthens a two decades-long partnership with the customer and enables us to contribute further to India’s mission to advance the economy in a responsible manner,” said N. Venu, Managing Director, India business of Hitachi ABB Power Grids—a joint venture formed after Swiss-Swedish company ABB divested 80% of its Power Grids business to Japan’s Hitachi.

“Railways are the backbone of environmentally-sustainable transport and our pioneering technology will help successfully balance energy expansion with the reduction of emissions.”

Transformers are a critical link in the traction chain, driving train performance and operator services: For railways, electric energy is supplied as high voltage to the catenary feeder substations. The transformers reduce the voltage to a suitable level before feeding it to the railway catenary conductors used by locomotives.

Different railway electrification systems demand different kinds of transformers.

Headquartered in Switzerland, Hitachi ABB Power Grids serves utility, industry and infrastructure customers across the value chain, and emerging areas like sustainable mobility, smart cities, energy storage and data centers.