The Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company, STIB, which operates the city’s Metro, has awarded Ingeteam a contract to supply five energy recovery systems that can recover between 10% and 30% of railway traction energy.
Brussels Metro already had one of these Ingeteam systems installed and, after receiving positive results, it was decided that additional systems should be installed.
Brussels Metro started operating in 1976, has 7 lines, 69 stations and more that 130 million users a year. The new facilities provided by Ingeteam will enable the company to lower its C02 emissions by up to 40%.
After four years research by its Traction Division and investment of 3 million euros, Ingeteam has developed a system to convert braking energy, dissipated as heat, into electrical energy to be returned to the power grid.