Indian Railways in collaboration with BHEL to be net-zero carbon emission mass transportation network

Highlights:

  • Indian Railways in collaboration with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned a project of 1.7 MWp at Bina, Madhya Pradesh, which is a first of its kind project in the world. 
  • The move by the Indian Railways is to transform itself as ‘Net Zero’ Carbon Emission Mass Transportation Network by 2030. 
Details Analysis:
  • Indian Railways to solarise railway stations by utilizing its vacant lands for renewable energy projects.
  • The project will be linked directly to the Overhead Traction System.
  • The system will involve an innovative technology ti convert DC to single-phase AC, for feeding directly to the overhead traction system.
  • The solar power plant has the ability to produce around 25 lakh units of energy yearly.
  • It will save around Rs.1.37 crore for the national transporter every year.
  • Indian Railways are planning two other such pilot projects are under implementation.
  • One of the two projects is a 2 MWp solar plant at Diwana, Haryana. 
  • It will be connected to State Transmission utility. 
  • It is expected to be commissioned before 31 August 2020.
  • The next project is a 50 MWp solar power plant at Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. 
  • It will be connected with Central Transmission Utility. 
  • The plant is targeted to be commissioned before 31 March 2021.