Four test voltages - one test system
MSPA is connected to the regional 16 kV grid. Two transformers are used to transform the voltage to 25 kV and 1.172 kV, which supply the 25 kV switchgear and the 1.5 kV / 3 kV rectifier, respectively. The 15 kV system is directly connected to the railway network of BLS Netz AG. A cable conduit system connects the various voltage systems to a central switching station in the track area. From there, the desired test voltage is fed via a cable connection to the ceiling conductor rail in the test field where the locomotives can be tested. All test voltages can be fully automatically selected from a single operator station.
Installation - Assembly - Commissioning
The larger components, weighing up to 5.5 tonnes (switchgear, transformers), were brought into the test hall by rail. At the assembly site, the switchgear was lifted onto the raised floor. This was done in cooperation with BLS Netz AG and a logistics company. Innovative solutions had to be found for the installation of the units in order to maintain available installation height. Medium-voltage cables, epoxy resin-insulated cable sleeves and a fully insulated conductor rail system among other things were used for this purpose. As much of the installation work was carried out in the track area, installation personnel trained in railway safety were employed. The installation work was followed by the commissioning of the protection and control system. The control system in particular proved to be complex, as the MSPA has various interfaces to an already existing testing facility. The MSPA also had to be integrated into the higher-level traction current control system. After successful commissioning, the plant was put into operation under the management of Bouygues E&S EnerTrans Ltd.