Turbo Genset on track for Beijing Olympics contract

Turbo Genset — the UK designer and manufacturer of power systems — has secured a $1.5m (£800,000) contract with rail giant Bombardier Transportation for work on a major Chinese project.

The Middlesex company will provide 40 auxiliary power converters that convert high-voltage electricity from the track and provide high-quality AC power for on-board ancillary systems. They will be fitted in cars operating on the BeijingCapitalInternationalAirport link, scheduled for a 2007 and 2008 delivery to coincide with the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The 28km system will connect Dongzhimen Station to the airport and feature Bombardier’s Advanced Rapid Transit (ART) technology. The fleet will serve four different stations and passengers will be able to make connections to the Olympic village.

This announcement comes on the back of Turbo’s first quarter results which, thanks to long-term orders moving from the development to production phase, revealed a 155 per cent increase in revenue and development income to £1.1m.

There was also a reduction in operating losses by 14 per cent to £1.5m and a 34 per cent cut in operating cash outflow.

Turbo Genset told shareholders it now has a number of programmes established with key manufacturers such as SKF and Eaton Aerospace. In the latter case, the company is developing the high-performance electronic drives which provide motor control for the Eaton fuel transfer and jettison pumps on the new Boeing 787 airliners.

Later this year three prototype passenger car hybrid drives and motors will be delivered to Lotus for integration into three vehicles. The modified energy-efficient passenger cars will be extensively tested by the car manufacturer prior to any decision regarding the production release.

And in north America, after extended field trials, Turbo Genset has received the initial production contract with the National Rail Equipment Company for traction electronics for its low emissions Shunting Locomotive, which is intended to go into service later this year.