Adif awards contract for back-up batteries

Spanish infrastructure manager Adif has awarded the supply of batteries for Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS) to Veolia. The contract includes the delivery of batteries as back-up power for both the conventional and high-speed ​​networks, and is worth approximately 11.7 million euros.

Under the contract, is the supply of batteries under an open order regime, meaning it depends on the needs detected. The batteries are to guarantee an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) of various railway safety facilities. Among these are electronic interlocks, signalling systems, associated computer equipment and emergency lighting.

The contract has been divided into two lots, and are both awarded to Veolia Servicios Lecam. The first lot for the batteries for the conventional network has a value of 5.9 million euros. The lot of battery supply for the high-speed ​​network is worth 5.7 million euros.

In case of failure

In the normal situation, the various components of the railway system receive electrical power from the catenary, network or generator set. When these fail however, or when the power supply is interrupted, the UPS systems composed of batteries are necessary to ensure the operation of signalling, interlocking and emergency lighting on railway lines and in technical buildings.

The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union (CEF).

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor of RailTech.com

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