Motracs presentation in IFEMA
On April 24th in the IFEMA exhibition site in Madrid, ELECTREN presented its Modular solution for “Motracs” Traction Substations. The solution is orientated towards traction for High Speed, although the application covers the entire scope of railway traction.
Based on Modules that structurally comply with the international standards for transport interoperability and the CSC convention, free transport of merchandise by road, rail and sea transport is guaranteed. The structural assembly complies with the dimensions of the High Cube standard of 40” and has been specially designed to protect, store and guarantee the stability of the equipment, which includes all of the electrical groups necessary for a Traction substation and the ART10 control system for management of the system and integration of protection.
The design has taken into account the reliability of the system and the test protocols of the Integrated Distributed Control System, the protection and the integration of both, both within the Substation and in its relation with collateral substations. This test and simulation platform has been baptized as “Simutracs” (Simulator Traction Substation). It includes all controlled critical equipment in a Substation Type 2×25 kVac and its area of influence. Also, with the objective of fully adjusting to the reality of the equipment installed in a substation, there has been an in-depth study of the operation of switches and isolators, and the operation of this “virtual” equipment has been adapted to the sequences and response times of the “real” equipment. All of the above has been introduced to a PLC with high density input/output, which is electrically connected to the inputs/outputs of the various PLCs of the electrical controller blocks in the substation.
The simulator can demonstrate and fully test the complete operation of the control subsystem, generating test environments for situations that are difficult to reproduce in a real substation. This facilitates its launch by field personnel and speeds up the test times before the definitive operation launch. On the other hand, it generates added value by permitting training courses for future maintenance personnel stationed at the facilities during operation time.
In addition, the modularity makes adaptation of the system to any railway facility more flexible, increasing possibilities of functionality and adaptability. With respect to sizing and planning, it permits gradual and progressive expansions (or reductions) by adding or removing modules from an installed modular substation or new facilities, permitting relocation due to operational needs and movement of part or all of the assembly for complex repairs and integral maintenance. There are configurations from 2 to 8 modules.
Finally, we would like to add other advantages that consist of the manufacture of the modules in a controlled environment, which reduces the quantity of waste generated and allows for greater management of the same, improves safety with regards to accidents during manufacture and achieves substantial savings with regards to the multiple movements of people and materials to remote installation sites.