ABB’s energy storage work with the SEPTA wins innovation award

Posted on October 9, 2014

Power and automation technology group, ABB, today announced that their work to transform the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) system into both a smart consumer and producer of energy has won the prestigious award for “Innovation in Mobility” at the Energy Storage North America (ESNA) conference, the largest grid energy storage event.
ABB led the design, supply and integration of the “Wayside Energy Storage Project” within SEPTA‘s aging transit infrastructure. Originally installed in April 2012, the system captures braking energy for redistribution into the SEPTA power network while generating revenue with behind the meter load response to sustain the local grid and the wholesale energy market.

Results achieved to date show that the single substation system on the Market-Frankford Line in North Philadelphia generates over $250,000 of annual energy savings and earned revenues. The initiative supports SEPTA’s Sustainability Program goal of reducing energy intensity (energy use per passenger mile) by 10% by 2015.

“SEPTA is proud to receive this award,” said SEPTA Chief Engineer Andrew Gillespie. “Initiatives such as the Energy Optimization Project are key elements in SEPTA’s overall Sustainability Program, the success of which is critical to transit agency’s ability to serve its riders and the Philadelphia region for both the short- and long-term.”

“Recovering energy lost during braking is one of SEPTA’s primary energy-saving initiatives,” said Jacques Poulin, Product Manager of Energy Storage, ABB Railway. “Eventually, the industry-wide deployment of these smart grid technologies will deliver substantial economic and environmental benefit to public transit systems.”
The transit authorities are uniquely positioned to forever change their cost structure by harnessing regenerative braking. “Regenerative braking” captures the kinetic energy of the decelerating vehicle and converts it into electricity. ABB deployed the ENVILINE™ ESS which connects to the catenary or “third rail” of the train system to recover this otherwise wasted energy. In this project, the functionality of the ESS was expanded to feed the energy back to the trains, while additionally modulating the load of the substation as a revenue generating asset connected to the PJM network, the regional transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Dallas' rail-connected development driving regional growth, study says

Completed or under-construction TOD near DART stations has already generated $69 million in state and local tax revenue.

Uber endorses Sound Transit 3 light rail expansion ballot measure

The $54 billion ballot measure would add 62 miles of light rail with stations that would serve 37 new areas and grow the system to 116 miles.

L.A. Metro receives milestone 50th Kinkisharyo light rail vehicle

Currently, there are 38 Model P-3010 vehicles in service and the 50th car should be ready for revenue service by mid-December.

Amtrak bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones

Faulty batteries on the phones that can overheat are blamed for fires around the world, prompting Samsung to issue recalls and stop production on the Note 7. The FAA has already banned the phones from all airlines.

DART adds 3 miles to Blue Line light rail system

Connecting an area known as the Education Corridor to downtown by light rail enables more people to discover the academic programs offered at the UNT Dallas, Paul Quinn College and Cedar Valley College.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close