Railways have set up a solar power plant in Bina in MP to power the Indian Railways overhead lines that drive the electric locomotives. This experiment is first of its kind in the world where solar power will be used to run trains. BHEL has framed the complete design of the plant.
Rail News: Indian Railways is preparing to run trains with solar energy. Recently, the Railways has done a big experiment in this direction. Railways have set up a solar power plant in Bina, Madhya Pradesh under its pilot project. This plant has been installed on the vacant railway land. The Railways has set up a solar power plant in Bina, Madhya Pradesh under its pilot project. It can produce 1.7 megawatts of electricity and is ready to run trains with this power.
First Train in the World to Run with Solar energy, Initiated by Indian Railways
Railways have built a 1.7 MW solar power plant at Bina, Madhya Pradesh with the help of BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited). According to the railways, solar energy has not been used to run trains in the world till now. Railway networks, at different places in the world, use solar energy mainly to meet the electricity needs of stations, residential colonies and offices. Indian Railways along with BHEL has built this plant in just eight months.
Solar Panels Have Been Installed in Trains
Indian Railways had installed solar panels on the roof of coaches of some trains. Lights and fans are run in trains with the electricity produced with the help of these panels. But till now, no railway network has used solar energy to operate trains.
The Trains Will Run with 25000 Volts Current
According to the NCRTC officials, by directing solar energy into a transformer, a lot of electricity can be supplied with which the engines of the trains can continue to run without affecting the speed. The trains will operate with a current of about 25,000 volts. This much power can be obtained only through solar energy.
24.82 Lakh Units of Electricity Will Be Produced
The solar plant will generate DC power which will be converted into AC through an inverter and transferred through a transformer to transmit the energy of 25KV AC to the overhead (electric wires above the trains). This solar plant will generate 24.82 lakh units of electricity annually. Railways expect to save Rs 1.37 Crores in annual electricity bill once this plant is operational.
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