ABB to supply IGBT converters for SBB locos

Swiss Federal Railways has awarded ABB Switzerland a contract worth around SFr 69.2m (USD 75.4m) to supply new traction equipment for its fleet of 119 Re460 electric locomotives as part of a SFr 230m mid-life refurbishment programme. Under the deal ABB will supply 202 water-cooled IGBT traction converters with an option for 38 additional units. SBB says that converting the fleet to IGBT will reduce traction power consumption by 27GWh per year, enough electricity to power 6750 homes.

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