Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), one of the largest engineering and manufacturing companies in India, announced that the company has commissioned the world’s first solar photovoltaic (PV) plant for Indian Railways.
BHEL commissioned 1.7 MW solar PV at Bina in Madhya Pradesh, which will directly feed power to traction systems of Indian Railways. The project is considered as a landmark achievement in the history of solar power. With this, BHEL has achieved a direct injection of single phase 25 kilovolt (kV) power to traction substation of Indian Railways.
This project has been conceptualised and developed in cooperation with Indian Railways. Its research and development (R&D) as well as manufacturing were completed in BHEL facilities at Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Jhansi and Bhopal.
This development symbolises a major step of merging the advantages of renewable energy in the railway sector in an unprecedented way.
With this successful demonstration by BHEL, Indian Railways’ objective of turning a huge land bank into a captive PV power plant for traction grid without the support of utilities, Railways’ go green initiative will be a reality by 2030.
On Thursday, the stock of BHEL was trading at Rs 42.05 with a growth of 2.06 per cent at around 3.15 pm on BSE.