Alstom is a French multinational company which holds interests in the electricity generation and rail transport markets. According to the company website, in 2012–2013 Alstom had annual sales of €20.3 billion, and employed approximately 96,000 people in around 100 countries. Alstom's headquarters are located in Levallois-Perret, west of Paris. Its CEO is Patrick Kron.Alstom is active in the fields of electrical generation and transmission, with products including turbines for hydroelectric, gas, coal and nuclear-powered plants, as well as large-scale electrical grid infrastructure, solar-thermal, and geothermal systems. It is also a major rail vehicle manufacturer, active in the fields of passenger transportation, signalling and locomotives, with products including the AGV, TGV, Eurostar, and Pendolino high-speed trains, in addition to suburban, regional and metro trains, and Citadis trams.Alstom was formed from a merger between Compagnie Française Thomson Houston and the Société Alsacienne de Constructions Mécaniques in 1928; significant acquisitions included the Constructions Electriques de France , shipbuilder Chantiers de l'Atlantique , and parts of ACEC SA . A merger with parts of the General Electric Company plc formed GEC-Alstom in 1989; the company became Alstom in 1998.In 2004, Alstom was in financial crisis due to massive inherited unexpected costs arising from a design flaw inherited from the acquisition of ABB Group's turbine business, in addition to losses in other areas of the business. The company required a €3.2 billion state-backed bailout in 2003 – and as a result was required to sell several divisions including shipbuilding and electrical transmission to comply with EU rules on state aid.In 2014, Alstom and General Electric announced that a US$17 billion bid for the company's power and grid divisions had been made and provisionally accepted. The proposed takeover became a political issue, with the French state intervening, enacting a decree, nicknamed décret Alstom, giving the French state additional powers to veto foreign takeovers. GE's bid was later modified, matching elements of a rival offer from Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – with proposals to form 50:50 joint ventures in several divisions; the modified bid was also accepted by Alstom's board – at the same time the French state took a 20% stake in the company from Bouygues in order to protect its position. The GE acquisition deal for the power and grid division is expected to be finalized by early 2015. Wikipedia.
Alstom | Date: 2016-08-01
A system for regulating an amount of fresh lime slurry introduced to a spray dry absorber. The control system includes a controller configured to receive input from a continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS), a valve in communication with the controller and a spray dry absorber suction pump, the valve adapted to regulate an amount of fresh lime slurry provided to the spray dry absorber suction pump and a valve in communication with the controller and a pre-mix tank, the valve adapted to regulate an amount of fresh lime slurry provided to the pre-mix tank.
Alstom | Date: 2016-08-09
A toilet cabin delimited by: a front wall, a rear wall, arranged to be facing the front wall, and separated from the front wall by a first distance, with a toilet bowl being arranged in the proximity of this rear wall, this toilet bowl being turned to be facing toward the front wall; a first lateral wall, in the proximity of which the toilet bowl is arranged; and a second lateral wall arranged to be facing the first lateral wall, and separated from this first lateral wall by a second distance; at least one circular space, delimited by a virtual circle tangent to the toilet bowl, defined in the proximity of the second lateral wall, this circular space being free of any fixed obstructing fittings, and the virtual circle presenting a diameter that is greater than 95% of the first distance and greater than 70% of the second maximal distance.
Alstom | Date: 2016-09-01
The table (10) includes a plate (12) extending, in a longitudinal direction, between a first lateral edge (12A) bearing first removable attachment elements (14) to a lateral wall of the compartment, and a second free lateral edge (12B), and a central leg (18) extending between a first end (18A) connected to the plate and a second end (18B) including second removable attachment elements (20) to the floor of the compartment. The first end of the central leg is connected to the plate through a pivot connection (26) allowing pivoting of the central leg for folding it back towards one of the first or second lateral edges of the plate, and the plate includes, at the other one of the first or second lateral edges of the plate, at least one supporting member (28) on which the plate is intended to be supported when the plate is laid on the floor.
Alstom | Date: 2016-09-29
This system for powering an overhead contact line, which includes a contact wire consisting of a plurality of conductive sections separated by insulating sections, includes power supply sub-stations, each conductive section being connected, on the side of an upstream end, to an upstream sub-station via an upstream controlled switch and, on the side of a downstream end, to a downstream sub-station via a downstream controlled switch. This system includes a detection device, associated with a conductive section, to be monitored, which includes a means for transmitting a characteristic signal to an upstream or downstream end of said conductive section and a receiving means able to receive the characteristic signal at the other end, the receiving means modifying the value of a state signal applied to a control circuit for actuating the opening of the downstream switch and/or of the upstream switch.
Alstom | Date: 2016-09-13
The comfort device (10) includes a table (12) including a plate (22) and attachment unit (14, 16) including: a lateral fixed support (46), attached to a vertical wall (20), including a first connecting portion by sliding, an attachment member (52) secured to the plate (22), including a second connecting portion by sliding, mating the first, and unit retractable unit for blocking the attachment member on the lateral fixed support, active at the end of a predefined travel of the first connecting portion on the second connecting portion. These blocking units are movable between a blocking position in which the first and second connecting portions are secured to each other, and a release position in which the first and second connecting portions are free to move relatively to each other.
Alstom | Date: 2017-04-19
The present invention generally relates to a new controller and a new control method for a hydraulic turbine and a synchronous generator, particularly to attenuate the effect of the vortex rope pressure oscillations on the active power.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: LCE-05-2015 | Award Amount: 51.69M | Year: 2016
In order to unlock the full potential of Europes offshore resources, network infrastructure is urgently required, linking off-shore wind parks and on-shore grids in different countries. HVDC technology is envisaged but the deployment of meshed HVDC offshore grids is currently hindered by the high cost of converter technology, lack of experience with protection systems and fault clearance components and immature international regulations and financial instruments. PROMOTioN will overcome these barriers by development and demonstration of three key technologies, a regulatory and financial framework and an offshore grid deployment plan for 2020 and beyond. A first key technology is presented by Diode Rectifier offshore converter. This concept is ground breaking as it challenges the need for complex, bulky and expensive converters, reducing significantly investment and maintenance cost and increasing availability. A fully rated compact diode rectifier converter will be connected to an existing wind farm. The second key technology is an HVDC grid protection system which will be developed and demonstrated utilising multi-vendor methods within the full scale Multi-Terminal Test Environment. The multi-vendor approach will allow DC grid protection to become a plug-and-play solution. The third technology pathway will first time demonstrate performance of existing HVDC circuit breaker prototypes to provide confidence and demonstrate technology readiness of this crucial network component. The additional pathway will develop the international regulatory and financial framework, essential for funding, deployment and operation of meshed offshore HVDC grids. With 35 partners PROMOTioN is ambitious in its scope and advances crucial HVDC grid technologies from medium to high TRL. Consortium includes all major HVDC and wind turbine manufacturers, TSOs linked to the North Sea, offshore wind developers, leading academia and consulting companies.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: Shift2Rail-RIA | Phase: S2R-CFM-IP2-01-2015 | Award Amount: 19.97M | Year: 2016
X2Rail-1 addresses the S2R-CFM-IP2-01-2015 Start-up activities for Advanced Signalling and Automation System call issued by the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking as part of the Innovation Programme 2 Advanced Traffic Management & Control Systems. The X2Rail-1 project aims to research and develop six selected key technologies to foster innovations in the field of railway signalling and automation systems towards a flexible, real-time, intelligent traffic management and decision support system. The actions to be undertaken in the scope of X2Rail-1 are related to the following specific objectives: To overcome the limitations of the existing communication systems by adapting radio communication systems which establish the backbone for the next generation advanced rail automation systems. To improve the usable track capacity by introducing more Automatic Train Operation (ATO) systems and Moving Block systems. To innovate the signalling architectures towards more decentralized and less cost intensive systems by incorporating Moving Block systems and Smart Wayside Objects. To minimize energy consumption and to improve train punctuality through more extensive use of Automatic Train Operation (ATO) systems. To increase innovation in the field of lab testing by developing architectures for new lab test systems and simulations for control, command and communication systems in order to reduce costs. To ensure security among all connected signalling and control systems by developing new cyber security systems dedicated to railways. To ensure the backward compatibility of ERMTS/ETCS technologies, notwithstanding of the required functional enrichment of the future signalling and control systems.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: LCE-02-2016 | Award Amount: 22.78M | Year: 2017
Five DSOs (CEZ distribuce, ERDF, EON, Enexis, Avacon) associated with power system manufacturers, electricity retailers and power system experts, propose a set of six demonstrations for 12 to 24 months. Within three years, they aim at validating the enabling role of DSOs in calling for flexibility sources according to local, time-varying merit orders. Demonstrations are designed to run 18 separate use cases involving one or several of the levers increasing the local energy system flexibility: energy storage technologies (electricity, heat, cold), demand response schemes with two coupling of networks (electricity and gas, electricity and heat/cold), the integration of grid users owning electric vehicles, and the further automation of grid operations including contributions of micro-grids. The use cases are clustered into three groups. Three use cases in Sweden and the Czech Republic address the enhancement of the distribution network flexibility itself. Five use cases in France, Germany and Sweden demonstrate the role of IT solutions to increase drastically the speed of automation of the distribution networks, which can then make the best use of either local single or aggregated flexibilities. Ten use cases in Czech Republic, France, The Netherlands and Sweden combine an increased network automation and an increased level of aggregation to validate the plausibility of local flexibility markets where both distributed generation and controllable loads can be valued. Replicability of the results is studied by the DSOs and industry with an in-depth analysis of the interchangeability and interoperability of the tested critical technology components. Dissemination targeting the European DSOs and all the stakeholders of the electricity value chain will be addressed by deployment roadmaps for the most promising use cases, thus nourishing the preparation of the practical implementation of the future electricity market design, the draft of which is expected by end of 2016.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: Shift2Rail-RIA | Phase: S2R-CFM-IP1-01-2016 | Award Amount: 12.98M | Year: 2016
The PINTA Project (IP1 Traction TD1 and Brakes TD5 Phase 1) will address the two key topics highlighted in the first Shift2Rail Call topic S2R-CFM-IP1-01-2016 Development of concepts towards the next generation of traction systems and management of wheel/rail adhesion, namely Traction and Adhesion Management. Traction subproject will focus on the improvement of seven technical and economical performances of the Traction system that have been agreed and defined in Roll2Rail. These performances have to be improved on five different train applications having different constraints, needs and specificities, from tramway to HST, including metro, sub-urban, regional trains. In particular, Traction sub-project will address the following: 1) Line capacity increase through weight, volume and noise savings of Traction equipment. 2) Operational reliability increase via higher reliability/availability. 3) Railway system LCC reduction As far as Adhesion management is concerned, the work will lead to the achievement of a number of important objectives linked to Brakes, such as Improvement of braking degradation limit in poor adhesion condition Management of all adhesion conditions in a way that brake distances are optimized Improvement of the overall train safety, which relies substantially on the management of the wheel/rail contact Reduction of wheel Life-Cycle-Costs (LCCs) through optimized wheel/rail contact in braking The activities should contribute in formulating new performance specifications for Adhesion Recovery Systems. Moreover, improved requirements for Wheel Slide Protection test procedures should be developed, followed by new specifications for Automatic Test benches.