Hoppecke Industrial Batteries has been selected by Transport for London (TfL) to manage on-board systems for its underground trains.
Work will include an overhaul, refurbishment, and replacement programme for the central and jubilee line battery systems in London.
Hoppecke will carry out condition assessments on the Jubilee line, which will include the 118 batteries installed by the company in 1996. When the Central line’s rolling stock was built in 1992, Hoppecke also installed 350 batteries on that network.
In addition, the company will install its newly designed battery boxes, which will be important to the upkeep of the trains. The design incorporates sliders to enable batteries to be maintained without removing them from the train. This will improve speed of maintenance and health and safety.
Hoppecke Industrial Batteries’ special & reserve power systems national sales manager Paul Butchart said: "Power loss issues with Underground trains could potentially cause them to stop suddenly in a tunnel and can run up high costs for Transport for London.
"Ensuring Tube batteries are able to provide critical emergency power when required is exactly why these overhaul, refurbishment and replacement programmes are absolutely essential."
Hoppecke Industrial Batteries’ managing director Jason Howlett said: "We are delighted that Transport for London has called us back in to deliver innovative solutions for one of the most complex and advanced rail transport power management systems in the world."
Image: A 3D model of the Jubilee line battery box designed by Hoppecke. Photo: courtesy of Hoppecke Industrial Batteries