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    ABB Helps Toronto Railway Cut Emissions to Zero

  • Dec 07, 2017

    ABB will provide key components for power distribution for the Eglinton Crosstown project, a new light rail transit line (LRT) in Toronto, Canada, to ensure the safe, reliable operation with almost zero emissions. The project is part of an $8.4 billion investment from the Ontario government to expand public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

    The transport of people and goods accounts for roughly one-quarter of the world’s energy consumption. Motor vehicles, trains and aircraft that use fossil fuels generate a similar proportion of the world’s air pollutants, including greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming as well as carbon monoxide and other hazards to human health.

    For an area facing increasing urbanization and population growth, the expansion will triple the length of the rapid transit service, bringing 81 percent of rider’s homes within two kilometers of the LRT and decrease greenhouse gas emissions from passenger transportation by 29 percent per person. Launched by Ontario’s transportation agency Metrolinx, the project will significantly reduce future emissions for a population expected to reach 9.6 million by 2041.

    ABB will deliver a medium-voltage distribution and traction power system, including gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), and substations. ABB’s innovative GIS technology reduces the footprint by almost 40 percent and provides a practically maintenance-free solution. Construction on the Eglinton Crosstown line has started and service will begin in 2021.

    “Our proven, energy-efficient technology will ensure reliable power to one of the most significant urban transit systems in North America reflecting our commitment to innovation and quality,” said Tarak Mehta, president of ABB’s Electrification Products division. “ABB is dedicated to shaping and accelerating the transformation of mobility.”

    ABB will work in partnership with Crosslinx Transit Solutions Constructors (CTSC), a consortium comprised of SNC-Lavalin, ACS-Dragados, EllisDon and Aecon, to deliver the Eglinton Crosstown project.

    “We are pleased to have ABB onboard for this project, helping us deliver long-term sustainable transportation and better transit for the Greater Toronto Area,” said Eric Mumm, Transit Systems Director, CTSC.

    “Delivering power to a modern, sustainable mass transit system is in line with our vision to power Canada’s innovation ecosystem,” says Nathalie Pilon, President of ABB in Canada. “With a strong history of pioneering technology in this field we are pleased to work with the CTSC on this ground breaking project.”

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    ABB will provide key components for power distribution for the Eglinton Crosstown project, a new light rail transit line (LRT) in Toronto, Canada, to ensure the safe, reliable operation with almost zero emissions. The project is part of an $8.4 billion investment from the Ontario government to expand public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

  • Keeping Current

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    STANDARD PRODUCTS announces the addition of two new Account Managers to its Montreal Sales Team.

    Stella Cammalleri joins STANDARD with more than 12 years experience in customer service, and a year in the lighting industry. "The addition of Stella will be a great addition to the Montreal Sales Team and will help the company maintain a high level of customer satisfaction," said STANDARD.

    STANDARD also welcomes Céleste Tremblay to its Montréal Sales Team. With more than 15 years of experience in customer service, Céleste will be a great help in building and maintaining relationships with existing and future customers.

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    BJ TAKE recently announced that Upper Canada Industries will be taking over the Toronto territory. Vice President of Sales, Doug Wilson explained “the Toronto market represents a major portion of the Ontario marketplace and as such needed to have local customer service that specializes in distributor and specifier relations”. In addition to Central Ontario, Upper Canada Industries will focus on capturing a larger marketshare of the energy-efficient lighting industry in Toronto.

    BEL PRODUCTS INC. announces the appointment of Dominique Dufresne as National Sales Director. In this role, Dominique will be responsible for leading the sales team and agents across Canada and the United States. He will also be the representative for Bel Products Inc. with the various electrical associations. Dominique has more than 18 years of experience and knowledge in sales, whether in customer service or as a representative. Bel Products Inc. is very happy to add Dominique to their team.

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  • Product Showcase

    Schneider Electric Solar has extended its Conext SmartGen inverter power ratings for greater flexibility and optimization of both small and large utility power plants. For large scale power plants, the CS2200 is now available and is optimized for 4.4 MW stations using two inverters. To expand the power ratings for smaller power plants in North America, the introduction of the CS1666 provides an optimum power block for 5 MW power plants.

    Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting sub-systems and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, today announced the release of universal voltage versions of its DirectAC direct-drive LED units. The DirectAC LED Engines were released earlier this year in a 120V and with this product release, the same low-profile, self-contained LED engine with integrated driver is now available in a new unit that can support power ratings from 120 to 277 volts.

    LSI announces the official launch of its latest innovation, the Alliance™ LED High Bay (ALI). This original, American-manufactured and designed luminaire distinguishes itself as Best-In-Class across many criteria important to specifiers and design-build contractors. The maximum efficacy across these 2 foot and 4 foot fixtures is an impressive 163 lumens per watt.

    Skyliner, a new curvilinear LED luminaire that features nine distribution patterns with house side shielding, is now available from U.S. Architectural Lighting.

    Designed for site and area lighting applications, Skyliner offers a choice of LED distributions, color temperatures and drive currents that provide optimal illumination of any visual terrain. Additionally, Skyliner’s controlled optics eliminate uplight (light pollution) and minimize spill light (light trespass).

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