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Renewable Energy in Indian Railways: Solar Panels On 250 Trains in India by Indian Railways

Geschreven op 24-6-2017 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Vervoer en OV Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

In addition to the development of large-scale solar projects and rooftop solar power systems on its rail stations, Indian Railways is now planning to install solar panels on top of its trains. 

Indian Railways will install flexible solar panels and batteries to power lights and fans on board of 250 of the network’s trains.

According to a study conducted by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the rail network could source up to 25 per cent of its total energy requirements from renewable energy sources by 2025.

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) found that Indian Railways could install as much as 3,900 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale projects and 1,100 MW of rooftop projects through an investment of approximately $3.6 billion.

In 2016, Indian Railways announced its partnership with UNDP to set up 5 gigawatts (GW) of solar power capacity on top of its plans to launch a tender for 150 MW of rooftop systems.

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  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    24 juni 2017 om 12:45 | Permalink

    Green Initiatives by Indian Railways

    See also: Renewable Energy in Indian Railways: Solar Powered Guwahati Railway Station in Assam, India

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    24 juni 2017 om 16:22 | Permalink

    Solar Powered Train Coach Experiment by Indian Railways

    The next time you travel by train your coach is likely to be powered by the Solar Panels for supplying power to the Lights, fans, Air Conditioners , charging points etc.

    Indian Railways is planning to come out with a solar policy for procuring 1000 MW solar power in the next five years. The clear motive of the project is to cut down on the Railways Electricity & fuel bill, which is the second-largest component of expenditure after the employee salaries for the cash-strapped government.

    The solar panels generate about 17 units of power in a day which
    enables the lighting system in the coach. According to studies, a train using solar power can reduce diesel consumption by up to 90,000 liters per year and can also bring down the carbon dioxide emission by over 200 tonnes. The generation of solar supply will help railways saving in diesel consumption due to reduced running of diesel generators to power supply coaches as seen in the video.(First and Last Coaches of the Train are the Diesel Gen-sets in this video)

    The Integral Coach Factory, in collaboration with the Divecha Centre for Climate Change at the Indian Institute of Science from Bangalore have been conducting trial run of solar panels installed atop a special Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) Prototype coach .The special sleeper class LHB coach fitted with two flexible solar panels of 180 Watt each, matching the exact curved shape of the coach’es rooftops, at the ICF. Researcher’s M Shravanth Vasisht and Vashishta Ademane have been travelling on board with the equipment to record the real-time data of solar power generated every minute.

  3. Erik van Erne zegt:

    12 juli 2017 om 16:30 | Permalink

    Indian Railways’ First Solar Powered DEMU train with Six Trailer Coaches

    The first DEMU Train with prototype solar based hotel load system has been commissioned in cooperation with ICF, Chennai. This first rake has been based at Shakur Basti DEMU shed of Northern Railway. Twenty four more coaches will be fitted with this system at Shakur Basti within next 6 months after completing the field trials of the first rake.

    Solar hotel load system fitted on each coach is of 4.5 KW capacity consisting of 16 Solar Panels of 300 Wp each. The system is capable of developing up to 20 kWh per day (average) through out the year . Surplus power generated during peak hours is stored in a 120 AH battery system. The system uses a data acquisition system and interfaces with existing hotel load power system of DEMU train. It will help in generating useful data for research for adapting the system for future rollout on all trains of IR. The system costs about Rs. 9 lakhs per coach at prototype stage .

    Normally, DEMU trains provide power for its passenger comfort systems from a diesel driven generator fitted on its Driving Power Car (DPC). IROAF has developed this system with a smart MPPT invertor which optimises power generation on a moving train to cater to full load even during the night. The system helps in reducing Diesel consumption of the DPC and hence reduces carbon signature of these commuter trains by reducing CO2 generation by 9 Tonnes per coach per year.

    A solar power DEMU train with six trailer coaches will save about 21,000 Litres of Diesel and thereby bring cost saving of Rs.12 lac every year. Savings for a 10 coach rake with 8 trailer coaches will increase proportionately. These benefits will continue for entire 25 years life time of the rake. This will help in making DEMU commuter services better and more economical.

  4. Erik van Erne zegt:

    13 juli 2017 om 15:31 | Permalink

    India Launched its First Solar Powered DEMU Train

    India launched its first solar-powered local train at the Safdarjung railway station. The DEMU (diesel electric multiple unit) train is entirely powered by the solar panels that are installed on the roof of the train, including the energy needs of the coaches – lights, fans, information display system.

    The train is equipped with a battery bank which ensures enough power for it to run even without sunlight thanks to a smart inverter which optimises power generation on a moving train. The train was manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, and the solar panels by the Indian Railways Organization of Alternative Fuel (IROAF).

    According to the Railways, one solar-powered DEMU train with six trailer coaches enables a saving of 21,000 litres of diesel.

  5. Erik van Erne zegt:

    14 juli 2017 om 16:27 | Permalink

    Very First Solar Powered Train Journey in India between Delhi Safdarjung station and Nizamuddin

    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inspects and dedicate a rake of “First 1600 HP DEMU Train with Solar Powered Coaches and Special Battery Bank for use during night hours” on 14th July 2017 (Friday) at Delhi Safdarjung Station.

    Traveled on-board this new train for a short travel from Delhi Safdarjung station to Nizamuddin and back to Safdarjung station for onboard coverage.

    The first DEMU Train with prototype solar based hotel load system has been commissioned in cooperation with ICF, Chennai.

    Solar hotel load system fitted on each coach is of4.5 KWp capacity consisting of 16 Solar Panels of 300 Wp each. The system is capable of developing up to 20 kWh per day (average) through out the year . Surplus power generated during peak hours is stored in a 120 AH battery system. The system uses a data acquisition system and interfaces with existing hotel load power system of DEMU train. It will help in generating useful data for research for adapting the system for future roll out on all trains of IR. The system costs about Rs. 9 lakhs per coach at prototype stage .

    Normally, DEMU trains provide power for its passenger comfort systems from a diesel driven generator fitted on its Driving Power Car (DPC). IROAF has developed this system with a smart MPPT invertor which optimises power generation on a moving train to cater to full load even during the night. The system helps in reducing Diesel consumption of the DPC and hence reduces carbon signature of these commuter trains by reducing CO2 generation by 9 Tonnes per coach per year.

    A solar power DEMU train with six trailer coaches will save about 21,000 Litres of Diesel and thereby bring cost saving of Rs.12 lac every year. Savings for a 10 coach rake with 8 trailer coaches will increase proportionately. These benefits will continue for entire 25 years life time of the rake. This will help in making DEMU commuter services better and more economical.

  6. Erik van Erne zegt:

    27 juli 2017 om 13:26 | Permalink

    India is now using solar power on its railways by WEF

  7. Mohdi zegt:

    5 september 2017 om 16:17 | Permalink

    ABB and Azure Power to Install Solar Inverters at 750 Indian Railway Stations

    ABB India is partnering with Azure Power to provide solar inverters to 750 railway stations in north India to reduce dependence on traditional sources of energy, it has been revealed.

    Indian Railways, which runs one of the largest railway networks in the world, carries more than 8bn passengers annually, with the 750 stations where inverters are to be installed located in the busy northern Indian part of the network, one of the most used railway corridors in the world.

    The organisation recently reached a milestone of 5GW of solar inverters installed, supplying some 40% of India’s solar power at approximately 13GW.

    ABB solar inverters for this project will vary between 5kW to 50kW in performance depending on the size of the station, and will be part of the solar installations being set up by Azure Power.

  8. Mahdi zegt:

    28 november 2017 om 11:46 | Permalink

    Solar-Powered Urban Rail Projects In India

    Nagpur Metro will set up solar power projects in a phased manner to meet at least 65% of its power demand.

    Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has signed power purchase agreements to buy more than 200 megawatts from a solar power project located 800 kilometers away. DMRC has also set up several rooftop solar power projects and targets 50 megawatts from this segment by 2020.

    Mumbai Metro, Kochi Metro and Chennai Metro have all announced plans to set up rooftop solar power projects.

  9. Ghan zegt:

    28 februari 2018 om 11:47 | Permalink

    Indian Railways Readies 3 Gigawatts Of Solar Power Tenders

    Indian Railways will soon launch tenders to set up large-scale solar power projects working towards its overall solar power target of 5 gigawatts.

    Railway Minister Piyush Goyal recently announced that Indian Railways will soon float solar power tenders to set up 3 gigawatts of capacity. These projects will be set up over the unused surplus land that the Railways owns.

    The Indian Railways is planning to set up a 1 gigawatt solar power park in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Railways was attracted to the state as it hosts the Rewa solar power park.

  10. Erik van Erne zegt:

    17 januari 2019 om 15:28 | Permalink

    Indian Railways drawing 4 GW solar project bid for powering locos

    “This is a historic step towards Indian Railways becoming a ‘net zero emitter’ by 2030. Indian Railways is by far the greenest travel option for transportation,” railways and coal minister Piyush Goyal said in response to a TOI query on Wednesday but did not give details.

    Indian Railways will soon run trains using solar power from arrays of photovoltaic cells deployed on both sides of select electrified tracks in 10 states, replacing 4,000 MW of coal-fired electricity in bid to become a green transporter.

    Government sources told TOI the Railway Board is examining the project bid document, stipulating local manufacturing for 1,200 MW of equipment under the ‘Make In India’ initiativeu, prepared by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), an entity under the renewable energy ministry. The tender, estimated to be worth Rs 16,000 crore, is expected shortly.

    Railways will consume the total output from the project and may make arrangement for energy banking with states. Under the arrangement surplus solar power can be supplied to the state utilites, which will supply equivalent power when Railways need it

  11. Erik van Erne zegt:

    30 januari 2019 om 18:48 | Permalink

    Indian Railways Planning 4 Gigawatts Solar Power Capacity

    India’s push to promote domestic manufacturing in the solar power segment may soon get a boost, thanks to the Indian Railways.

    The world’s fourth-largest railway network is planning to replace almost its entire power supply from thermal power plants with solar power plants.

    The Ministry of Railways could soon issue tenders to set up solar power projects of 4 gigawatts of capacity to power locomotives. The power supply is expected to meet the traction demand only for Railways.

    Project developers would be asked to set up solar power projects on either sides of the railway tracks, over the land owned by Indian Railways. To meet the traction demand of locomotives Indian Railways currently sources 4 gigawatt capacity from various thermal power plants spread across the country.

    The planned solar power tender would reportedly reduce Indian Railways’ annual electricity bill by 20% in the first year, and by 40% thereafter. For non-traction power consumption, the Railways is already working to set up rooftop solar systems at around 7,000 stations.

  12. Erik van Erne zegt:

    20 februari 2019 om 12:57 | Permalink

    Indian Railways Pushes Towards Goal Of Full Electrification By 2022 With ABB Deal

    ABB is making headway in India with a new train deal worth $42 million with Indian Railways. ABB will supply its traction equipment across the rail network to improve the efficiency of existing equipment and to improve the reliability of the Indian rail network.

    The deal will supply ABB’s industry leading converters for electric trains to Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi in Northern India. ABB will build the converters at one of ABB’s largest locomotive supply factories in Nelamangala, in Southern India.

    “We are delighted to be contributing to the electrification of India’s rail network with ABB’s locally manufactured solutions,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “By adopting advanced technologies, India is achieving rapid improvements in growth and productivity and shaping its economy for the era of digitalization.”

    Seeing a company that is literally named for a competing internal combustion rail solution purchase such a large quantity of ABB’s electrified rail technologies is a huge win that indicates just how competitive electric rail is in diverse economies around the world. Not only does it clean up the air around the rail lines, it eliminates the point-of-use emissions stemming from rail altogether.

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