Indian Railway on Solar Power
In India, the railway is the most used mode of transport. It is quick, cheap, and fairly comfortable. The Indian Railways operates its locomotives on electricity, CNG, or diesel. It requires abundant supply. But to maintain this is hectic and harmful to the environment.
Indian Railways have planned something new! They are installing solar power plants to power the locomotives. This is the world’s first railways to do so. The Indian Railways plan to ‘Go Green‘ completely by 2030.
They set up a solar power plant in Bina, Madhya Pradesh to power the Railway Overhead Line. For the first time in the world, power will be generated by the solar power plant. This will be directly fed to the overhead power lines of the national transporter to power the traction system of the electric locomotives to run trains.
State-run engineering firm BHEL successfully commissioned a 1.7 MW solar photovoltaic plant. The design and engineering were carried out in less than one and a half months. BHEL installed and commissioned the project in four and a half months. This development is a major merging the advantages of renewable energy in the railway sector in a never done way.
BHEL is an Indian engineering and manufacturing company.
BHEL’s manufacturing units supplied solar plant equipment such as PV modules, SCADA systems, and HT switch-gear. For the first time, the company is developing single-phase 850 kW solar inverters and 400 V/25 kV dry-type transformers for outdoor duty.
To capture and provide solar power they can use the huge land India possesses. With this initial success, the Indian railway’s initiative to ‘Go Green’ by 2030 can be a reality.
In conclusion, they do not have to rely on fossil fuels. Also, these power plants support the Railway’s traction grid without help from other utilities.