The IET Innovation Awards 2013

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Vehicle Technologies award winner 2013

Vehicle Technologies category winners 2013 (photo)

ENVILINE Energy Recuperation System (ERS) for Recovery of Train Braking Energy

ABB

ABB developed the ERS as part of its ENVILINE range to meet the growing demand for energy recovery in railway DC traction applications. The new solution, launched this year, offers a huge opportunity to improve the energy-efficiency and sustainability of rail transportation systems.

 

The judging panel commented:

“ABB developed the ERS as part of its ENVILINE range to meet the growing demand for energy recovery in railway DC traction applications.

"The new solution, launched this year, offers a huge opportunity to improve the energy-efficiency and sustainability of rail transportation systems."

 

Also shortlisted

Cycle Alert Limited
Cycle Alert Limited

Cycle Alert is an innovative cyclist specific detection system, encouraging both HGV drivers and cyclists to take responsibility for making the road a safer place. The system uses energy-efficient active RFID to alert HGV drivers to a cyclist’s presence.

Active Variable Geometry Suspension (AVGS) for Road Vehicles
Imperial College London

The AVGS is a new type of electro-mechanical active suspension that is applicable to a wide range of road vehicles, from mass produced passenger cars to high performance motorbikes. It improves the suspension performance with respect to passive solutions, while avoiding the main disadvantages of previous active alternatives.

Super-capacitor Based Trackside Energy Storage System for Hong Kong Railway
MTR Corporation Limited

The adoption of super-capacitor energy storage system is a pioneer innovation for railway in Hong Kong. It is also new to the railway in many parts of the world, in particular in the trackside configuration for the 1500V DC traction system.

Novel 3-phase AC-DC Topology for High Performance DC Power
Supply Design Limited

Supply Design has created the first single-stage, three-phase AC to DC power electronics topology with power factor correction (PFC) and galvanic isolation. The high-efficiency, low component count design cuts losses by 40-60%, improves power density by 1.3-2.5x and reduces product weight; saving energy and fuel costs.

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