Newsletter registration

Austria.
Where Your Profits Grow Sky High.

First railway solar power plant put into operation

The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has put the world’s first railway solar power plant into operation in Wilfleinsdorf (District of Bruck a.d. Leitha) in Lower Austria. In an on-site tour of the premises, the 16.7 Hz photovoltaic facility with 7,000 m² of solar panels directly located on the tracks of the eastern railway was presented. The plant should generate about 1,100 MWh of electricity.

The project is in a test phase until the summer of 2016, explained Johann Pluy, Division Manager for Railway Systems in the company. “The special thing about this facility is that it directly feeds electricity in the overhead line for the trains“. The innovation is a specially-developed so-called power inverter, which converts the generated direct voltage into 16.7 Hz alternating voltage, Pluy said. 95 of these units have been installed on the two-hectare railway property.

Some 200 trains from Vienna to Salzburg can be operated using the targeted 1,100 MWh of electricity to be produced each year, Pluy added. In addition, the facility saves 400 tons of CO₂ each year. According to information provided by ÖBB, 90 percent of the electricity used to run trains comes from hydropower, two percent from green electricity and eight percent from natural gas.   

The aim is to increase the share of the company’s own electricity production, according to Pluy. This should ensure the reliability of the energy supply and reduce dependency on the electricity market. “If the project turns out to be technologically and economically feasible, we want to expand it to the southern and southeastern areas of Austria”, the Division Manager announced.    

Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter

Testimonials

Events

Meet us at events, seminars and trade shows - worldwide.

  • Panel discussion: Opportunities for expanding your business in Carinthia/Austria

    13.09.2017 / 10:00, Celje Fairm Hall „Celjanka“, Slovenia

  • How to Set up a company in Austria

    28.09.2017, Bratislava, Slovakia

Austria Map

Find the perfect location for your company

Austria stands out due to its long-term reliable and stable conditions. These
features are particularly important for a research-based company such as
Boehringer Ingelheim. Furthermore, Vienna is a city with a good research
infrastructure and a high quality of life, and is thus also an interesting place
for highly qualified employees from Austria and abroad.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Logo
More testimonials

news from the business location Austria

TRA 2018 is looking for projects and ideas for its new Interactive Zone!

The Transport Research Arena will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 16 - 19th April 2018. The Interactive Zone offers the opportunity to present projects, research results and pilots
in addition to the usual conference and the exhibition. Submissions for this Interactive Zone can still be received until 15th September 2017.

The Albert Patent Bot Checks It Out

Do you have a robot on your team? Perhaps you even have one that can tell jokes? The Austrian Patent Office does. Albert Patent Bot is the name of the digital brand consultant supporting startups with respect to trademark protection. Albert is the very first chat bot in the Austrian public sector and chats with people in Facebook Messenger generously shares his know-how, researches into brands, responds to questions and also tells a physicist joke.

More news All blog posts