TEAM | Axel Schmieder, Wolfgang Braun, Thomas Koch, and Martin Altmann
A boost for electrification of older railway lines
The transportation transition is already in full swing in the European rail network, and more and more lines are being electrified. This is a huge contribution to protect the climate: An electric freight train emits about 40 percent fewer CO2 caused by its power generation as a diesel train. Often, however, bridges are too low and tunnels too small for conventional contact lines. Axel Schmieder, Wolfgang Braun, and Martin Altmann of Mobility, along with Thomas Koch of Gas and Power, have invented a new arrester system solution that protects against lightning flashover despite the smaller clearances. Therefore, no complex reconstructions are needed when new power lines are installed.
Field of Innovation | Rail Electrification – Overhead Contact Lines