Hitachi secures order of transformers for 400 of India’s locomotives
Hitachi Ltd‘s group arm in India has secured an order for transformers from the state-backed Indian Railways for 400 electric locomotives, for 1.2 billion rupees ($15.9 million).
ABB Power Products and Systems India Ltd. will produce the machinery at a plant in Vadodara, part of the western state of Gujarat, to be used in locomotives built at the railway firm’s Chittaranjan Locomotive Works factory, a Hitachi spokesperson told NNA in Tokyo on Friday.
Hitachi said in a statement last Thursday that transformers reduce voltage to an acceptable level when electric locomotives generate currents from overhead lines, channelling electricity to power critical train functions such as traction, lighting and braking as well as heating and ventilation.
The installation of Hitachi’s transformers is part of the Indian government’s attempts to reach zero carbon emissions over the next ten years, the statement said.
On July 1, the Hitachi group completed the purchase of an 80.1 per cent stake in the power grid business of Swiss-based ABB Ltd. According to Hitachi, the Indian branch is a local subsidiary of the new company, Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd.