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Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics


Company Overview

China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation Zhuzhou Institute Co., Ltd. (CRRC Zhuzhou Institute) was established in 1959, formerly known as Zhuzhou Electrical Locomotive Research Institute of Ministry of Railways, and currently is the first-class wholly-owned subsidiary of CRRC Corporation Limited. With 60 years of development, CRRC Zhuzhou Institute has witnessed the science and technology progress and industry development of railway electrification in new China. It has always insisted on science and technology- oriented and applied innovation as the banner to promote the rapid growth of the industry. At present, CRRC Zhuzhou Institute has already formed four industry platforms (namely Electrical Transmission and Automation, Application in Polymer Composites, New Energy Equipment, Power Electronics (Basic) Device),10 business subjects, two listed branches, nine national science and technology innovation platforms, two enterprise postdoctoral research stations, five overseas technology R&D centres and 11 overseas branches. The sales revenue in 2018 was 29.5 billion RMB.

CRRC Zhuzhou Institute has already finished the construction of its independent innovation R&D platform in the field of traction drive and control system in railway transportation equipment. Other fields include possessing advanced electric system integration, conversion and control, vehicle-mounted control and diagnosis, power electronics devices, engineering application in polymer composites, train operation control, integration of wind power equipment, integration of electric vehicles and critical components, engineering machinery and its electric control, communication and information application and other key technologies. The Institute has also completely built design, manufacturing and testing platforms.

Collaboration with CAPE

CRRC Zhuzhou Institute has been working with CAPE since October 2015. CAPE is a unique form of joined partnership between the University of Cambridge and a number of strategic companies of international importance in the supply chain for the photonics and electronics industries. Through cooperation with CAPE on the HUD project (phase I), we have proved the concept of applying the HUD system to different train type vehicles with different tilting angles  and windscreen types. On vehicle tests were also verified to show HUD with good image quality. In phase II of the project, our aim is to improve the display image quality and system capacity of current HUD system. Based on these improvements, extended functions will be developed to increase the safety level of Autonomous Rail Transit (ART).

The researchers we are working with are Dr Yuanbo Deng and Dr Kun Li, both of whom have extensive experience  in photonics and electronics fields so their knowledge delivers excellent benefits for us. Both the University and enterprise could make good use of their own advantages (university for theoretic study and enterprise for engineering application) during cooperation. The joint university-industry research for Train Head-up Displays —  phase I and II expect to go into commercial use in the near future.

The CAPE Partnership is defined by a CAPE Partnership Agreement (CPA), negotiated between the University and the CAPE Partners, on which all CAPE strategy andprocedures are based. Through joint governance and joint sponsored research, the CAPE Partnership has developed a research portfolio at the cutting edge of contemporary technology. CAPE Steering Committee Meeting areheld quarterly to keep all partners informed on all CAPE activities. CAPE also offer prizes for the students with innovative ideas and financially assist them to make their ideas visualised.

CRRC Zhuzhou recommends that more subsidiaries of CRRC work with CAPE in order to build greater shared understanding of research and business interests. New areas for potential mutual benefit can be identified and moved forward.