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Siemens Aims for Light Rail's Storage System to Regenerate Energy; Thierry Godart Comments

Siemens Aims for Light Rail's Storage System to Regenerate Energy; Thierry Godart Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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SIEMENS logo_ExecutiveBizSiemens is installing a regenerative energy storage system on TriMet, a light rail project that extends from Portland to Milwaukie, Ore.

The Sitras SES system uses supercapacitors to store train braking energy and reuse it to save energy or stabilize voltage during peak times, Siemens said Monday.

TriMet’s southeast Tacoma substation will house the storage unit and TriMet intends to use it as a voltage stabilizer to avoid mass transit disruptions.

“With over 35 light rail systems operating in the U.S. and another 13 systems being built, light rail is an increasingly important method of transportation for growing cities and the need to make this travel as efficient and cost-effective as possible is paramount,” said Thierry Godart, president of Siemens’s North American smart grid business.

Sitras is part of Siemens’ portfolio of rail electrification systems, designed to connect rail infrastructure to power grids.

Siemens’ rail systems business is producing 18 rail vehicles for the line extension project and its mobility and logistics unit will deploy signaling and communication technologies on the new line.

The extended line is scheduled to begin operating in 2015 and will expand the MAX light rail service to 97 stations.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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