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Monorail to Enter Service in São Paulo and King Abdullah Economic City From 2014


Monorail projects are currently underway in São Paulo and also in Saudi Arabia. With these modern systems, transport operators intend to meet the growing requirements on public transport in a space-saving manner: monorails run on guidebeams high above the roads. Voith Turbo delivers cooling systems and couplers for the monorail platform INNOVIA 300.

The new monorails are being built by a consortium consisting of Bombardier Transportation and individual local companies. Both in Brazil and in Saudi Arabia the construction is based on the INNOVIA 300 platform. While the Brazilian system consists of a 2-car train, the trains in the newly built King Abdullah Economic City are configured as 4-car combinations.

Both monorail systems are scheduled to enter service by 2014. This is the year when Brazil hosts the Football World Cup, and up to 40 000 people are expected to be moved in the new monorails every hour.

Voith Turbo is represented in the INNOVIA 300 trains: for São Paulo alone, Voith will deliver 380 cooling systems. Another 12 cooling systems are to be supplied for the project in Saudi Arabia. The Voith cooling systems operate in the trains with two parallel cooling circuits and protect all major traction components against overheating, including traction inverters, auxiliary inverters and traction motors. The Voith cooling systems in question are independently operating units that generate the required cooling capacity on demand. Another outstanding feature is their extremely light-weight design. The Voith delivery scope for King Abdullah (Economic City) includes also automatic and semi-permanent couplers.

Voith Turbo, the specialist for hydrodynamic drive, coupling and braking systems for road, rail and industrial applications, as well as for ship propulsion systems, is a Group Division of Voith GmbH.

Voith sets standards in the markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transportation & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs almost 40 000 people, generates €5.2 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the biggest family-owned companies in Europe.


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