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Web Exclusive | September 2017

Lucknow Metro gets 1,000th traction transformer made in India

Nestled in the heart of the Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc, Lucknow is well on its way to becoming a smart city. The Lucknow Metro project features under the Sugam initiative, part of it’s smart city plan, aimed at traffic de-congestion through smart mobility solutions. With around 3.4 million calling the city their home, it is one of the 50 Tier-II cities and towns to get a modern metro rail system.

As Lucknow makes the transition into a smart city, ABB has made and dispatched its 1,000th traction transformer that will be used in the metro project there. Manufactured at the Vadodara factory, the light-weight, reliable traction transformers are attached to and critical for on-board or metro compartment power supply. They enable efficient use of electric power and achieve higher levels of acceleration, with minimal space requirements and are designed to lower fault level, ensuring high reliability and commuter safety.

ABB’s track side transformers for overhead electrification, and auxiliary dry type transformers will also power metro stations' lighting and other requirements. Solutions for the metro’s control centre include hardware and SCADA software to remotely monitor the power distribution network and to enable substation automation.
The entire system runs on the RTU500 series-based solution and ABB AbilityTM MicroSCADA, part of ABB's comprehensive portfolio of digital offerings. These systems enable efficient network management by facilitating complete visibility across 41 stations along the north-south and east-west corridors.

They identify and alert the operator of any fault conditions and enable required load transfers, thereby improving the efficiency and reliability of operations. The SCADA solution used at Lucknow metro also acts as an energy management tool for their auxiliary systems.

In addition, a comprehensive ABB electrification solutions package will be provided to Lucknow Metro in a phased manner. In the second phase, ABB will provide compact power sub-stations for efficient power supply and distribution, especially for the underground rail network, with relevant power protection and control technology. Also, ABB technology will be used in the building infrastructure for the electrical distribution. Finally, the lightning arrestors provided by ABB will be used on the metro rail buildings to keep commuters safe.
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