Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has secured a contract from the Spanish train builder Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) for the supply of high-tech traction equipment for 88 Sprinter New Generation (SNG) electric multiple unit trains.
German state-owned rail company Deutsche Bahn has set up a company for the digitalisation of the railway network. Called Digitale Schiene Deutschland GmbH, it will start overseeing projects from January 2020.
SNCF has selected CAF as the preferred bidder for a contract for 28 intercity trains. This order is worth around 700 million euros (774 million USD). These medium and long-distance multiple units are to operate out of Paris – to Clermont-Ferrand and Toulouse. SNCF Mobilités announced its decision on 18 September. It will now present its decision to its Board of Directors on 24 October 2019.
China is home to the largest and most extensively used network of high-speed trains in the world. Based in Beijing, the Chinese Academy of Railway Sciences (CARS) is the leading research and development institute, supporting this important industry with its specialised subsidiary, the Beijing Zongheng Electro-Mechanical Technology Development Co. Stäubli Electrical Connectors helped to develop a traction converter for the latest generation of Chinese high-speed trains, while building up a partnership.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) have renewed their commitment to green energy across the network by signing a Power Purchase Agreement, with the Nordsee Ost wind farm, for the next five years.
DB currently draws of 900 million kilowatt hours of green energy from innogy hydropower plants with the company’s annual requirement around ten terawatt hours, an equivalent to the energy consumption of a city the size of Hamburg.