Motracs, one of the biggest attractions at BcnRail
The BcnRail show was held in Barcelona last November and now, a month after the event, is a good moment to look back and take stock. This year’s theme was sustainable mobility and access to foreign markets, so we were particularly excited about presenting Motracs, our modular railway traction solution.
The 4th BcnRail show was held alongside the SMART CITY show, both featuring the theme of the future of cities. Visitors at both fairs, plus guests specially invited by Electrén to see this ingenious development for themselves, were able to find out more about the benefits of the Motracs solution, which was first shown at IFEMA on 24 April 2013. The display allowed them to go inside a real installation, have a look round and examine the system’s components with the help of Electrén experts, and see how the modular design concept can be applied to create novel, flexible and effective solutions for railway traction. This new approach replaces the traditional ad hoc construction of substations by putting standardised systems in place.
This fact alone revolutionises railway line power supplies, as well as having huge quality and environmental benefits. Large scale production of finished units which can be installed at the final location leads to synergies of execution time, execution quality and uniform finish that would be unimaginable otherwise. Installation can be completed much faster because most partial and integration tests have already been carried out at the factory and there is no need to repeat them at the final destination.
There are also major environmental benefits, as the impact at the final destination is considerably lessened, with a substantial reduction in the CO₂ footprint. Because the finished units are transported to their final destination with all their components, transport can be rationalised, leading to much greater fuel efficiency. The waste management procedures used in our production process mean we can guarantee that waste management is centralised, thereby reducing the risk of accidents and spillages and even allowing us to reuse some manufacturing waste and by-products.
The modular substation presented in Barcelona was specially developed for High Speed railways, but it is clear that the future of these substations also lies in their potential for expanding, renovating, replacing and maintaining substations on conventional direct current (DC) lines. The modular designs can be installed in spaces which are small or where access is difficult, making their use possible for remodelling traction systems currently in use for any kind of railway network, whether high-speed, conventional or suburban and even for tramway lines.
BcnRail has enabled us to showcase the future of railway power supplies, but the possibilities go much further than the solution we presented in Barcelona. Motracs has a great future ahead of it and our engineers are already working on specific adaptations to meet the needs of both our current and our potential clients in all kinds of operational environments.