Recent trends in power electronics applications as solutions in electric railways

Hitoshi Hayashiya*, Keiichiro Kondo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Certain applications of power electronics for railway vehicle traction systems and fixed installations are reviewed and future possibilities considering technical and social trends around railway industry are mentioned in this paper. First of all, some particularities of railway load and traction power supply system are summarized as problems to be solved by power electronics technologies. Such technologies for fixed installations and vehicle traction systems are presented and future possibilities for higher performance, minimization, and improved resilience of railway system are pointed out.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)632-645
Number of pages14
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May 1


  • electric railway
  • energy storage system
  • power converter
  • regenerative energy
  • traction power supply
  • vehicle traction system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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