Orders from Railways helped KPTL achieve 20% y-o-y Growth Target

Good ordering in railways and L1 pipeline has helped KPTL come in striking distance of achieving the 20% y-o-y growth target for ordering in FY2018E.

Good ordering in railways and L1 pipeline has helped Kalpataru Power Transmissions Ltd (KPTL) come in striking distance of achieving the 20% y-o-y growth target for ordering in FY2018E. These non-T&D businesses have driven growth in execution in H1FY18 without diluting overall margins. Current backlog and good growth prospects put KPTL on track to reach RoCE of 20% and a debt-free balance sheet by FY2020. We revise our estimates by 2-8%, raise earnings multiple of JMC Projects to 12X and roll forward to September 2019E TP of Rs 470 (from Rs 415). KPTL reported a reasonable quarter with a 10%/9%/24% y-o-y growth in sales/EBITDA/PAT. The results suggest the levered nature of business (interest cost down 26% y-o-y) and curtailed GST-applied brakes on execution.

YTD backlog (including recent order wins) is >2X trailing 12 months revenues and should support strong rebound in execution. Composition of such backlog suggests limited reliance on PGCIL at 13% (both railways and pipeline businesses have similar share). Non-TD businesses are driving scale-up in ordering (40% share in YTD ordering) and all of the 4% y-o-y growth in H1FY18 execution. They form a reasonable share of execution (~20%) and are helping grow overall EBITDA margin. As in T&D, the company is well-placed in these segments with a 15-20% hit rate and good ordering prospects.

JMC Projects’ Q2FY18 results mirrored Q1FY18 performance with a 24%/27%/110% y-o-y growth in sales/EBITDA/PAT. EBITDA margin has reached double-digit levels. Delay in award/dropping off certain L1 orders has led to subdued ordering in H1FY18 and a still healthy order backlog at >2X FY2018E revenues. The company expects R600-700 million of support in FY2018 to its ailing BOT projects and nothing further in FY2019, has recently completed 5/25 in one stressed project and expects the same for the other stressed project over the next six months.

Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited is amongst the largest players firmly entrenched in the global power transmission and infrastructure EPC space. With proven experience and expertise spanning over three decades, KPTL today has established its footprints in over 40 countries, executing marquee projects with comprehensive capabilities that deliver complete solutions covering design, testing, fabrication, erection and construction of transmission lines, oil and gas infrastructure and railways projects on a turnkey basis.

KPTL is part of the Kalpataru Group established in 1969. It is a diversified conglomerate spanning Real Estate, Power Generation and Transmission, Construction of Roads, Factories, Buildings and Oil and Gas Infrastructure and Agri-Logistics spaces.

Over 2000 strong technical manpower of KPTL delivers compelling advantage, combining in-house research, engineering and manufacturing that ensure the highest value proposition to clients. The Company has an annual production capacity of over 180,000 MT of transmission towers at its three state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in India and an ultra-modern tower testing facility, making it amongst the global largest power transmission EPC Company. KPTL’s wide reach and presence includes international geographies like Africa, CIS countries, the Middle East, SAARC, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.

In India, the Company has been partnering India’s accelerating infrastructure push by executing EPC projects in Oil & Gas infrastructure and Railways infrastructure as well as undertaking power transmission projects on Build, Operate, Own, and Transfer (BOOT) model.

KPTL’s Oil & Gas business includes providing EPC contracting services for cross-country pipelines, terminals and gas gathering stations across diverse territories. The Company provides end-to-end solutions through a well-qualified engineering and designing team for successful and timely completion of projects.

KPTL’s Railway Infrastructure EPC vertical aids in accelerating economic development in domestic and international markets by leveraging proven expertise in project management capabilities, engineering & construction experience combined with strong technical and financial support. The Company is providing railways EPC services for executing civil infrastructure, track laying, signaling & telecommunication and over-head electrification projects for railways in India.

KPTL has successfully positioned its High Voltage Substation business both in air insulated (AIS) and gas insulated (GIS) segment in domestic as well as international market.

KPTL has expanded its operations under the promising transmission line BOOT projects under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. The Company has successfully developed two projects in Jhajjar (Haryana) and Satpura-Ashta (Madhya Pradesh). Both these projects were completed ahead of schedule and are operational. KPTL is in the process of developing its third transmission line BOOT project under the SPV Alipurduar Transmission Limited.

As an integral part of its long-term asset creation goal, KPTL has expanded its scope into Civil Construction, Infrastructure Projects, Road BOOT Projects as well as Agri-Logistics through its subsidiaries JMC Projects (India) Limited and Shree Shubham Logistics Limited.

Quality, Environment and Occupational Health & Safety are at the core and fore of every KPTL project. The unwavering focus on global quality standards has ensured ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certifications.


Indian Railways plans to issue 30 times larger Electrification Tenders

NEW DELHI: For the first time, the Indian Railways is planning to give out tenders as large as 1,500 km, up from the present average of 30-40 km, for railway electrification in order to meet its full electrification target by 2021.

The tenders issued under the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model is expected to significantly cut down electrification costs which is now Rs 1-2 crore per km.

The railways has plans to issue tender packages ranging from 400 km to 1,500 km under the EPC contracts. Along with speeding up the electrification process, this move will be a point of departure after which all contracts would be in EPC mode, a senior railway ministry official told the newspaper on condition of anonymity.

Last month, Railway minister Piyush Goyal had said that the ministry were to issue larger electrification tender to speed up the process. He said that instead of the railways issuing tenders for only 30-40 km, it would start giving tenders for minimum of 500 km of track, according to another report.

Additionally, the railways has uploaded a model EPC Agreement, model request for qualification (RFQ) and model request for proposal (RFP) and opened it for public feedback till November 16. This initiative was taken for the advancement of the electrification initiatives.

As per the Mint report, the railways plans to electrify 24,400 km of railway tracks within 2021 while incurring a total cost of Rs 35,000 crore. Several companies, including the public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL), are eyeing the electrification contracts that are on the card.

A second railway official confirmed the development to the newspaper and said that the railways has only completed electrifying 40 percent of its existing 66,000 km till now and falling behind schedule.

He also said that big tenders are likely to attract bigger players as contractors who would be better equipped to finish the work faster and with more efficiency. He added that the EPC contracts would also be open for global companies.


REC may fund Indian Railways’ drive to Electrify entire Rail Network

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways may rope in state-owned Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to fund its ambitious plan to electrify the entire network by 2021-22. The corporation is likely to lend the railways the entire project cost of around Rs 30,000 crore, spanning over four-five years, at an annual interest rate of 9% for a lending period of 8-10 years, a top railway ministry official said.

The railways will be spending almost Rs 8,000 crore every year towards electrification for the next four years. Railway minister Piyush Goyal recently met top REC officials and discussed the funding for the electrification project, the official added.

“The railways has prepared a Rs 35,000-crore plan to electrify its remaining 33,000 km network in another four years. However, the minister is of the view that we can reduce the cost by 20-25% by giving out large contract sizes and standardising the designs. He has already instructed officials to work on it,” the official said.

The cost of electrification works out to slightly more than Rs 1 crore a km. By going fully electric, the national transporter will save Rs 10,500 crore every year on account of fuel. The railways currently has an energy bill of Rs 26,500 crore.

“We will easily be able to pay off the entire loan within a period of 8-10 years from our savings. For REC also, it will be a good investment as these are all high traction projects. As soon as a line becomes operational, the savings would start immediately,” the official said.

REC is a public sector undertaking under the power ministry, which was earlier helmed by Piyush Goyal. The corporation, with a net worth of Rs 33,326 crore, finances projects in the complete power sector value chain including power generation, transmission and distribution.

The railways has already tied up with state-run Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to fund its capacity expansion projects. In the current financial year, LIC is likely to lend the railways almost Rs 20,000 crore. The railways consumes about 15.6 billion units of electricity every year and foots a power bill of Rs 9,500 crore. It pays nearly Rs 17,000 crore a year in diesel bill.

Nearly half of the railway tracks in the country have been electrified so far. But these tracks account for 55% coaches and 65% freight traffic at just about 35% of the total fuel bill of the railways. The railways will also involve other state-run organisations such as IRCON, RITES and PGCIL, along with several private companies, to implement the 100% electrification plan.

To further bring down its energy bill, the railways plans to start procuring power directly from producers instead of distribution companies. This will help the national transporter save an additional Rs 2,500 crore a year.

The move makes perfect sense. The railways needs to innovatively step up resource allocation for electrification. Fast forwarding the phase-out of diesel locomotives would be climate-friendly. It would also make it possible for the railways to take advantage of rapid advances in electric motor technology to boost efficiency and rationalise fuel costs. In tandem, the railways must focus and scale up its plan for solar power plants in 200 railway stations and 2,000 level-crossing gates. It would boost synergy.


NLC India Ltd to set up Solar plants for Indian Railways

Coal Company to set up Solar Power Projects for Indian Railways!

NEW DELHI: NLC India Ltd (formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd) has been tasked with covering vacant land of the Railways with solar power generation set-ups.

As absurd as the headline of this article may sound, it is true and is a direct result of the Indian government’s push for public sector companies to invest heavily in renewable energy technologies, especially solar power.

Addressing the World Mining Congress, Minister for Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal said, “The Railways are going to tie up with NLC and have them put up solar power generation equipment at their investment. The Railways will buy the power out of that.”

Pact to be inked

While the agreement for this deal has not yet been signed, Goyal said the broad framework for the same had already been prepared. He said: “Wherever we have railway land, I want NLC to put up the solar plants so that I can save them from encroachers.”

Enumerating the terms of the agreement to be signed between the two, Goyal said: “We have existing platforms that need to be expanding on both sides because we are going in for longer rakes. NLC will do the same, create a roof over the platform extension, and we will have a different rate of power for the investment they will be doing for that”

“The third thing we have agreed upon is that whenever we need the land, NLC will shift the equipment somewhere else. If it is during the payback period, NLC can shift it at the cost of the Railways,” he added.

NLC expansion

NLC India’s website says that the company had moved from an only lignite mining and power generation company to become an energy company. The company currently has a total power generation capacity (including joint ventures) of 4,301 MW.

The company aims to have a generation capacity of 16,673 MW with 3,990 MW coming from solar energy.


MRVC to make Mumbai Local Trains eco-friendly – Hyderabad based IGBC to examine Rating

MUMBAI: Is our suburban railway a Green Railway and does it conform to national standards? What’s required to enhance its green rating?

The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) is looking at the suburban railway’s green ratings and whether they conform to the standards of the Hyderabad based Indian Green Buildings Council’s existing mass transit category.

“Benchmarking the current performance of existing stations on select environmental parameters in line with the latest IGBC guidelines for Mass Rapid Transit Systems (MRTS) will help suburban railways to maximise resource efficiency, improve its environmental parameters and enhance commuters’ comfort and experience. We have called in consultants for this,” a senior official said.

The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was formed in the year 2001. The vision of the IGBC is, “To enable a sustainable built environment for all and facilitate India to be one of the global leaders in the sustainable built environment by 2025”.

The council offers a wide array of services which include developing new green building rating programmes, certification services and green building training programmes. The council also organises Green Building Congress, its annual flagship event on green buildings.

The council is committee-based, member-driven and consensus-focused. All the stakeholders of construction industry comprising of architects, developers, product manufacturers, corporate, Government, academia and nodal agencies participate in the council activities through local chapters. The council also closely works with several State Governments, Central Government, World Green Building Council, bilateral multi-lateral agencies in promoting green building concepts in the country.

For sustainable performance
The MRVC had earned carbon credits for energy-efficient trains in 2007-08, when it introduced new local trains under phase I of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project; these had regenerative braking system, which helped to recycle power generated from brakes back into the system.

The IGBC Green Existing MRTS rating system is a similar tool to enable operational rail-based MRTS to apply green concepts and sustain performance of system with respect to the green features during operation. The aim is to further reduce environmental impact that is measurable.

The overarching objective of IGBC Green Existing MRTS rating is to facilitate MRTS operators in implementation of green strategies, measure their impacts and sustain the performance in the long run, while enhancing commuter comfort and experience.

Station review
The rating system is a voluntary and consensus-based programme. It has been developed with the support of IGBC Green Existing MRTS Technical Committee under the leadership of A K Gupta, Director (Electrical), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited. Sources said that as part of the project consultants would review the stations of Bandra-Andheri on the Western Railway, Sion-Ghatkopar on the Central Railway, and Vashi-Belapur on the Harbour line based on the IGBC green guidelines, including a review of existing design information and site observations.

“Once this is done, consultants will benchmark existing stations (including buildings and platforms), specify other locations on the corridors and also recommend interventions to improve ratings,” an official added.

>> A green building is defined as “one that uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building”.
>> Green operations and maintenance of rail/metro systems
>> Integration of renewable energy technologies
>> Station Management System
>> Multi-modal Integration

>> Enhanced station accessibility to improve first & last mile connectivity and achieve maximum ridership
>> Maximise resource efficiency
>> Improved station (indoor) environment
>> Increased environmental awareness among commuters
>> Enhanced commuting comfort and experience

The year in which the MRVC had earned carbon credits for energy-efficient trains.


Central Railway conserve 1.24 crore Energy Units, saves Rs 6.61 Crore

NAGPUR: Close monitoring and effective counselling has led to Nagpur Division of Central Railway saving 1.24 crore units of electric traction energy worth Rs6.61 crores in the last six months — from April to September.

Indian Railways has developed a long-term energy efficiency & conservation program (EECP) which aims at progressively introducing a number of energy-efficient technologies and measures in the railway system. The Nagpur Central Railway seems to have taken a lead.

The division’s consumption decreased from 7,71,47,664 energy units to 7,18,13,112 units during the last six months which translates to 6.92%. Its regeneration increased from 1,21,98,015 energy units to 1,24,44,714 units during the same period, an increase of 2.02%.

“In terms of money, the loco pilots could save Rs6.61 crore. The amount has been calculated on the basis of what railways used to pay to MSEDCL,” said officials.

DRM Brijesh Kumar Gupta told that CR has a special focus on “conservation of electrical energy consumption by the locomotives while hauling trains”.

Gupta said a special drive was launched for loco running staff regarding energy conservation and all running staff were contacted individually and counselled by chief loco inspectors (CLIs) for steps they have to take during duty to ensure conservation of energy while hauling trains by locomotives.

The DRM said application of brakes invariably results in loss of energy. “Hence, we have seized the opportunity by utilizing regenerative braking technology available in three-phase locos. This technology acts like a power house,” added Gupta.

All loco pilots are being motivated to effectively regenerate as much energy as possible. “CLIs have also been told to play a major role by improving loco pilots’ driving technique through monitoring and counselling,” said Gupta.

The division has fixed a benchmark in terms of energy consumption and regeneration in all sections and pamphlets with energy consumption and regeneration yard sticks were distributed to all running staff for their ready referral. For the last six months, a section-wise data bank has been prepared on consumption and regeneration for stringent monitoring purposes on monthly basis.

Gupta says by analysing this data, good and poor performing loco pilots are being identified and through counselling corrective actions are initiated. “A habit is being cultivated among all loco pilots to use more and more regenerative braking during driving,” he says.

Further, to encourage running staff, the division has started rating best three performers working on passenger and goods trains as ‘Energy Stars’. The selection is done based on monthly data analysis. Names of best performers are also displayed at all driver lobbies and they are presented DRM’s ‘Energy Star’ honour.

Railways aims at Rs.250 Crore Annual Savings with 10% reduction in Energy consumption in non-traction operations

NEW DELHI: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today launched the railways’ first set of solar plants with a total capacity of 5 megawatt peak (MWp), an ambitious project aimed at reducing the national transporter’s carbon footprint.

The project is part of the government’s National Solar Mission in which Indian Railways plans to commission 1,000 MWp solar plants across its network.

The minister launched the plants at the inauguration of the ‘International Conference on Green Initiatives and Railway Electrification’ here.

“We are working in a time-bound manner to skillfully and effectively transform the Indian Railways into a world class transporter. We shall be able to accomplish 100 per cent electrification at lower prices with an incentive-cum-penalty scheme,” he said, adding that all payments of the railways will be done within a span of 30 days.

The plants on the roof tops of Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Anand Vihar and Delhi railway stations will generate 76.5 lakh units of solar power cumulatively per year, and shall meet about 30 per cent of the energy requirement of these stations.

Through the project, the railways will save Rs 421.4 lakh annually and will reduce 6,082 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

The project was awarded in December 2016. The cost of the project is Rs.37.45 crore and has been bought in by the developer under the PPP model.

The developer will also maintain it for 25 years and the Railways will only pay energy consumed at Rs 4.14 per unit, officials said.

Goyal added that the railways has targeted 10 per cent reduction in energy consumption in non-traction operations, thereby saving about Rs 250 crore annually.

The two-day International Conference on Green Initiatives and Railway Electrification will deliberate on finding new ways to increase the use of renewable energy by the national transporter.

Railways targets full Electrification with Rs 35,000-crore plan

NEW DELHI: Indian Railways has prepared a Rs 35,000 crore plan to electrify its entire network in the next four years, a move that will help save Rs 10,500 crore a year in fuel bill.

The cost works out to be slightly more than Rs 1 crore per kilometre over parts of the 66,000-km network yet to be electrified, a senior Railway Board official told. “We will be funding it through our own resources,” the official said on condition of anonymity. So far, nearly half of the railway tracks in the country have been electrified. But these tracks account for 55% of coaches and 65% of freight traffic at just about 35% of railways’ total fuel bill.

“We are going for 100% electrification by 2021. This will reduce the energy bill from Rs 26,500 crore currently to about Rs 16,000 crore,” the official said. Railways ministry will involve state-run IRCON, RITES and PGCIL, along with several private companies to implement the 100% electrification plan, the official said.

To speed up the electrification process and wrap it up by 2021, Indian Railways is organising a conference on Friday. Railways minister Piyush Goyal will address the event, which will see participation from many global companies. To further bring down its energy bill, railways also plans to start procuring electricity directly from producers instead of distribution companies.

This will help the national transporter save an additional Rs 2,500 crore a year. Indian Railways consumes about 15.6 billion units of electricity every year and foots a power bill of Rs 9,500 crore. It pays almost Rs 17,000 crore a year in diesel bill. The railways would need nearly 5,000 more electric locomotives in the next five years to move all trains on electric traction. It has about 4,400 electric locomotives at present and is able to add only 250 every year.

“We will be able to meet the demand of electric locomotives once the Alstom plant being set up in Bihar becomes operational. Also, we are ramping up electric loco production in our own factories,” the official said. Railways will double its electric loco manufacturing in Varanasi and Chittaranjan Locomotive Works in West Bengal. Additional requirement would be fulfilled through the Alstom plant.

“The Alstom plant in Madhepura will start production early next year. The first car body shell has already arrived and will soon be fitted and assembled,” said Alstom’s senior vice president for Asia Pacific, Jean-Francois Beaudoin. The project is on time and would be able to meet the requirement of the railways as planned, he said. The first locomotive will be ready for rollout early next year, Beaudoin said.

Traction Transformer Market to Reflect Impressive Growth Rate During 2017-2027

Over the past decades, transformers have been used in railway traction, as it was considered to be the most prominent alternative to the conventional fossil-fuel-based traction systems. Today, it is one of the most vital components of an electric traction system as it feeds power at safe voltages to essential train functions like traction, lighting, heating and ventilation, passenger information, brakes, signalling and communication. Traditionally made of iron and copper, these transformers are among the heavier components on a train. It tend to occupy more space and weight resulting in increase in train axle load and need for additional energy. Therefore manufacturers globally are developing new type of traction transformer with improved both in structure and performance for application in freight and passenger locomotives, tram-trains, regional trains, and high-speed trains. Traction transformers are mostly design and manufactured in accordance to specific railway system and based on detailed parameters. The system can be divided into two major groups, AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) systems.

With advancements in railway infrastructure globally and increasing government investments are thereby driving the market for traction transformer over the forecast period. In addition to this some of the prominent drivers for traction transformer market are factors such as growing use of railways and liberal regulation of railway system. Furthermore, the rapid electrification of rail networks across the globe, demand for traction transformer expected to grow further significantly. On the other hand, factors such as high cost and complex design of the systems may act as a major restraint for the traction transformer market.

Traction transformer market can be segmented on the basis of type of system, voltage, location, application and regions. On the basis of system the traction transformer market can be segmented into AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) systems. On the basis of voltage, the traction transformer market can be segmented as 15 kV, 25 kV, 1.5 kV, 3 kV and 1.2 kV. Whereas the location segment in the traction transformer market may include underframe, machine room, and roof. Application segment in the traction transformer market can be classified into high-speed trains, regional trains, electric locomotives, tram-trains, AC metros, and others. Regionally, traction transformer market can be segmented into North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia Pacific excluding Japan, Japan, and Middle East and Africa.

Traction transformer market is dominated by the Western Europe followed by North America region. Western Europe dominance is attributed to presence of major players based in the region. On the other hand, Asia Pacific Excl. Japan, and Japan is expected to grow at a significantly as compared to the other region in the traction transformer market and will see a good growth rate in the future. Asia Pacific Excl. Japan is expected to great opportunities traction transformer market due increasing government funding and provision for the development and implementation of high-speed trains and metros in the country are driving the growth of the traction transformer market in this region. Eastern Europe, Latin America and MEA is expected to see a moderate growth rate in the traction transformer market.

Among the prominent players involved in traction transformer market, companies such as ABB Ltd, Alstom SA, Siemens AG, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation among others are focusing on organic as well as inorganic strategies to strengthen their position in the traction transformer market. For instance, in September 2016, ABB Ltd, launched its next-generation traction transformer named Effilight, designed to reduce the weight of on-board components and ensure more energy-efficient rail networks.

SCR sign Energy Performance agreements with Energy Efficiency Services Limited – a JV of Power Ministry

SECUNDERABAD: South Central Railway has earned yet another distinction of being the first Zone on Indian Railways, where all the Six Divisions of the Zone viz., Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntakal, Guntur & Nanded Divisions have signed Energy Performance Agreements with M/s. Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Joint Venture Company of PSUs of Ministry of Power, Government of India under Energy Service Company (ESCO) model at a time. The agreement was signed today i.e., 10.10.2017 at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad by the officials of SCR & EESL.

The agreement signed, is to implement Energy Efficiency projects at 22 selected A1 & A class stations on the Zone as per Railway Board guidelines involving provision of Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lighting, super energy efficient Brushless DC electric motor (BLDC) ceiling fans and super energy efficient Inverter AC’s replacing conventional lights, conventional ceiling fans & conventional Air-conditioners involving an approximate Energy Savings of 9.8 Lakh Units per annum amounting to Rs.88 Lakh.


Delta Powering Green Mobility showcases its Energy Efficient Smart Solutions at IREE 2017

NEW DELHI: Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, showcased, at IREE 2017, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi its diversified portfolio of smart power solutions based on cutting edge power conversion technology capable of delivering industry-leading energy efficiency to the growing railway sector infrastructure in India.

The Indian Railway is the lifeline of the Indian transportation system, and any advancement is highly significant for India. Delta is poised to offer the required business solutions for rolling stock converters, Power Quality Restorer for TSS, Integrated Power Supplies for S&T, Solar Inverter & Battery Energy Storage, Station Power & Display Systems and EV Chargers.

Electrification is the biggest impetus India needs to get its growth story on path. Mr. R. Om Prakash, Business Head, Delta Rail Transportation Solutions said, “This is a big opportunity as Indian Railways is the largest user of electricity for electric traction purposes and their consumption of power is increasing. Power quality is a big issue for Traction Sub-station as per the power quality and energy guidelines prescribed by the regulator. If India is to grow, then Indian Railways must grow. Here is where Delta’s Smart Power Solutions comes in with its power conditioning and complete propulsion equipment appropriate for the IGBT traction system of electric powered locomotives. The improved power quality, energy management and harmonic balance will help the railway save energy, increase efficiency and passenger load without increasing capex.”

Mr. Dalip Sharma, Managing Director, Delta Electronics India remarked: “The Ministry of Indian Railways is working towards total electrification of the network as Railways is aiming towards a cheaper and cleaner source of energy. The important things involved in the process include availability of equipment and adequate infrastructure. We at Delta, the leading company in power and thermal management solutions, are offering Delta’s Railway Power solutions that are based on cutting edge power conversion technology. It is fully geared to partner in the Ministry of Railways growth by providing Power Quality Compensating and Traction Propulsion equipment. These products are developed at our state of the art R&D lab in Bengaluru, which provide significant commercial savings for the Railway infrastructure.”

Highlights of Delta’s Power Solution offerings at IREE 2017 will be: 

  • Power Quality Compensating Equipment: In the existing traction network, Indian Railways has a 25 kV, 50Hz, 1-phase traction system on their network. The main power quality issues for railway traction are Low Power Factor, Harmonics Imbalance, High Maximum Demand, and Poor Voltage Regulation. The prevalent equipment provides fixed reactive power compensation irrespective of the actual load. Delta’s unique and highly efficient iRMS Compensator addresses the reactive power compensation, harmonic current compensation, and 25kV bus voltage compensation, which makes the current at metering point pure and free from reactive and harmonic distortion.
  • Power Supplies for Signalling, Telecommunication and Train Control systems: Delta offers smart power quality solutions to critical railway infrastructure such as signalling, telecommunication, and train control systems with an excellent global track record. These power supplies are based on cutting-edge power conversion technology, are highly efficient, reliable, and safe. Both modular and scalable, they reduce complexity, environmental impact, and total cost of ownership across the entire railway infrastructure.
  • Display & Monitoring Solutions: Delta has significant expertise in developing smart display & monitoring solutions for Passenger Information Systems, Signalling, Telecommunication & Train Control Systems, Traffic Management Systems and Safety & Security Systems for railway operations. Our successful installations include the prestigious Bangalore Metro and Mumbai Metro Rail.
  • UPS & Datacenter Infrastructure Solutions: With its wide range of Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) ranging from 600VA to 4000 kVA, Delta offers a competitive edge to critical applications in need of first-rate power solutions. Reliable, efficient and modular, Delta’s Uninterruptible Power Solutions ensure the continuity of mission critical operations while reducing their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Delta has successfully installed its power back-up solutions at Noida Metro Rail.
  • Renewable Energy Solutions: Delta has a full range of solar PV inverters that boast not only industry-leading energy conversion efficiency, but also lead the market in both String and Central Inverter categories. Delta has installations in major railway stations and airports across India including Katra Railway station, Secunderabad Station, Delhi Railway Station, Mumbai Railway Stations, Kochi Airport, New Delhi Airport, Mumbai Airport, Kolkata Airport, and others. The power range of these PV inverters varies between 3kW to 3MW to serve the needs of the residential, commercial, industrial and utility segments in India.
  • EV Charging Solutions: Delta offers a complete range of energy efficient EV charging solutions with DC Quick, AC Chargers and Site Management System. These chargers can be conveniently installed in multiple applications such as parking spaces, highway service, as well as residential and commercial buildings.

About Delta Electronics India Pvt. Ltd.

Delta Electronics India is a 100% subsidiary of Delta Electronics (Thailand) PLC, a group company of Delta Group. Operating in India since 2003, Delta Electronics India is the leading provider of Telecom Power Solutions and a major source of Industrial Automation, Large Display Solutions, Mission Critical Infrastructure Solutions, Renewable Energy Solutions, Building Management Solutions, DC Fans & Blowers and Components.

With 10 regional offices, 3 manufacturing facilities at Rudrapur, Gurgaon, Hosur and 2 R&D centres in Gurgaon and Bangalore, Delta has a strong presence across India with more than 100 channel partners. The company has been awarded ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2007 and OHSAS  18001: 2008 certifications for Quality, Procedures, and Environment management.

For detailed information, please visit: www.deltaelectronicsindia.com

About Delta

Delta, founded in 1971, is a global leader in power and thermal management solutions and a major player in several product segments such as industrial automation, displays, and networking. Its mission statement, “To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow,” focuses on addressing key environmental issues such as global climate change. As an energy-saving solutions provider with core competencies in power electronics and innovative research and development, Delta’s business categories include Power Electronics, Automation, and Infrastructure. Delta has 153 sales offices, 61 R&D centers, and 40 manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Throughout its history, Delta has received many global awards and recognition for its business achievements, innovative technologies, and dedication to corporate social responsibility. Since 2011, Delta has been selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability™ World Index (DJSI World) for 7 consecutive years. In 2016, Delta was selected out of 5,800 large companies by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) for its Climate Change Leadership Level.


Railway Minister assures Electrification of Locos by 2020, Diesel Engines to go

In his earlier stint as power minister, railway minister Piyush Goyal had offered to help railways with electrification process.

NEW DELHI: If the railway ministry has its way, thousands of diesel-guzzling locomotives could be a thing of the past in the country. In a move to expedite the complete electrification of rail network, Indian railways has advanced the deadline by two years to 2020.

This means the railways would remove diesel engines in the next three years and all 19,000 trains will run only on electric locomotives, a senior railway official said. Railway minister Piyush Goyal has issued directions to speed up the electrification process of rail routes. Railway officials said this will not only contain greenhouse emission but also save cash-strapped railways at least Rs 11,000 crore annually on fuel expenses.

At present, Indian Railways spends Rs 18,000 crore annually on purchase of diesel. On the other hand, its electricity purchase bill is pegged at Rs 9,000 crore. As per estimates, if railways run all its trains on electricity, the expenditure on purchase of power will be Rs 16,000 crore and thus saving Rs 11,000 crore every year. “We are giving a relook to the ways of speeding up the electrification process of rail lines across the country. The cost on account of power is quite less and so we can do a lot of savings in that,” Goyal said recently.

Senior officials also maintained that shifting train operations to electric mode will drastically reduce import of diesel from foreign countries that will also be beneficial for the country’s economy. At present, Indian railways has a fleet of 19,000 passenger and goods trains. Of these, about 5,000 trains run on diesel consuming nearly 300 crore litre of fuel every year. Sources said railway’s power purchase cost has also gone down significantly over the past few years. A number of states have allowed railways to purchase electricity from alternate sources and thus its procurement cost has reduced from Rs 9 per unit to Rs 5 per unit. Earlier, railways had to purchase electricity only from state-owned power utilities.

It is to be noted that Goyal, during his previous stint as power minister, had offered the railway ministry help to expedite the electrification process. The power ministry had offered to bear the entire cost of electrification at one go as the process involved no land acquisition. Officials said the entire electrification would cost approximately Rs 35,000 crore. “The savings from not using diesel alone will be around Rs 18,000 crore and the cost will be recovered in seven years. Railways will stop production of diesel locomotives in the country if we achieve the target of complete electrification,” a senior official said.

The railway ministry has stepped up efforts to electrify 4,000-km route in the current fiscal, a quantum jump from the last year’s target of 2,000km. Railway also has rolled out an action plan to drastically decrease the use of diesel in order to reduce energy cost and greenhouse gas emission. Currently, only 42 per cent of total track network is electrified, rest section is operating on fossil fuel.

Railways energy bill is touching about Rs 32,000 crore a year, of which diesel is about Rs 18,000 crore. During the last three financial years (2014-2017) and for 2017-18, total number of 93 railway electrification projects consisting of 16,815 kilometre at an estimated cost of Rs 17,165 crore have been included in the Budget. The pace of electrification has been increased from present average of 1,700km route per annum to 4,000km in 2017-18, a senior railway ministry official said. According to the action plan, about 22,000km route has to be electrified by 2021.

Indian Railways to add 30 MW of additional Rooftop Solar

NEW DELHI: Indian firms Azure Power (NYSE:AZRE) and Fourth Partner Energy have secured contracts to install 30 MW of rooftop solar power facilities for Indian Railways.

Under the deals, awarded last week, solar power producer Azure Power will install 20 MW of photovoltaic (PV) panels for the railway operator, while Fourth Partner Energy will be in charge of building a 10-MW plant, the two firms said separately last week. The larger project will involve the construction of rooftop solar systems at Indian Railways facilities across 17 states and union territories and sale of electricity for 25 years. The generated power will be sold at a tariff ranging between INR 3.64 (USD 0.056/EUR 0.047) per kWh and INR 4.49 per kWh depending on the location.

Azure Power said it will get a capital incentive from Indian Railways that is expected to result in a weighted average levelized tariff of INR 4.88 per kWh. Following the deal, Azure Power will become the largest solar power supplier to Indian Railways with a cumulative awarded capacity of 66 MW. Earlier this year, the New Delhi-based company was selected as the winning bidder to develop 46 MW of rooftop solar projects for the railway operator.

In the meantime, renewable energy services provider Fourth Partner Energy will install 10 MW of rooftop PV plants at Indian Railway’s facilities in Varanasi, Jabalpur and Gorakhpur.

According to consultancy Mercom India Research, the demand for renewables to power activities on the Indian Ministry of Railways has led to the approval of incentives for 500 MW of solar projects and provision of around INR 6 billion in funds for grid‑connected rooftop solar facilities.
(INR 100 = USD 1.528/EUR 1.299)

Fourth Partner Energy to work on 10 MW Solar Projects for Railways

HYDERABAD: Fourth Partner Energy, a distributed solar company and a full service renewable energy service company (Resco), expects to close this year with a turnover of ₹250-300 crore, and take it up to over ₹1,000 crore by 2020.

The company said in a statement it will implement about 10 MW of rooftop projects for the Railways in Varanasi, Jabalpur and Gorakhpur.

Fourth Partner Energy commenced operations in 2010 with offices in Hyderabad and Pune and now has a presence in 10 cities. The company completed over 1,350 installations across 22 States, and has installed over 50 MW. It is currently sitting on an order book of over 50 MW.

Saif Dhorajiwala, founder partner and Executive Director, said in the statement: “As a full services player with complete in-house capabilities, Fourth Partner Energy is ideally positioned in this high potential market to continue its growth momentum. It has partnered with several large marquee customers.”

The company’s clientele includes Ferrero India, Vizag Smart City, Navodaya University, Schneider Electric and Symbiosis University. It has also bagged orders from Solar Energy Corporation of India, as part of a 500 MW tender, wherein various Central government establishments in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Rajasthan will be electrified.

Fourth Partner, backed by Infuse Ventures, Chennai Angels, ADB, Oiko Credit and RBL Bank, plans to achieve 1 GW of distributed solar assets under management by 2022.


With connected energy solutions, ABB fast-pace Solarization of Indian Railways in Tropical North India

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

NEW DELHI: ABB is in the process of providing solar inverters to 750 Railway stations in north India to reduce dependence on traditional sources of energy. Indian Railways, which runs one of the largest railway networks in the world, carries more than 8 billion passengers annually.

The 750 stations are located in the busy northern Indian part of the network, one of the most used railway corridors in the world. ABB recently reached a milestone of 5 GW of solar inverters installed, supplying some 40 percent of India’s solar power at approximately 13 GW.

ABB solar inverters for this project – TRIO and PVI series – vary between 5kW to 50kW in power depending on the size of the station and as part of the ABB AbilityTM of connected solutions, the customer can ensure uptime through remote management services. They will be part of the solar installations being set up by Azure Power. ABB set up its solar inverter manufacturing facility in India in 2012 and contributes to approximately 40 percent of the country’s solar installations. ABB solar inverters have been widely used in the transportation sector, deployed, for instance, in the world’s first fully solar powered airport in Kochi.

Tropical northern India is blessed with abundant sunlight with 300 sunny days, and solar power is a natural alternative to conventional electricity, much of which is generated using coal.

Indian Railways moves more than 12,500 trains and 23 million passengers daily, equivalent to the population of Australia. The company operates more than 8,000 stations across the country and is looking at building solar plants to supply clean power for their operations. In the second stage the objective is a net zero energy concept wherein power is generated and consumed within the operations. As per reports, the Indian Railways has a current renewable energy generation capacity of 36 MW and plans to ramp it up to 1,000 MW.

ABB is a global supplier of solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters. ABB’s solar inverter product portfolio ranges from 1.2 kW to 2.3 MW; 1.2 kW to 120 kW are string inverters optimized for residential, commercial and industrial rooftop and ground-mounted usages and central inverters up to 2.3 MW are ideal for cost-efficient multi-megawatt power plants. Plant management solutions including environmental management, software tools and lifetime support are also part of the portfolio.


Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission offers Reduced Tariff of Rs.4.05 per unit to SCR

HYDERABAD: To keep a massive consumer like the South Central Railway (SCR) away from opting the open access system, the TS Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) has reduced tariff from Rs 7.10 per unit to Rs 4.05. For Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR), the tariff has been reduced from Rs 7 to Rs 3.95.

DISCOMs had requested the ERC to approve Rs 4.70 per unit for the SCR, considering that the Railways was a public utility. For HMR, it suggested a tariff at the average cost of service. Both SCR and HMR had applied to the state government for permission to purchase power in open auction, where they can purchase electricity from any supplier of their choice. This would have caused a loss to the state power utilities.

SCR told the government that the Indian Railways was purchasing power through open access in several states from Ratnagiri Gas and Power Private limited.

The ERC has directed the DISCOMs to submit the annual revenue requirement (ARR) and tariff proposals by November 30 to make the tariff order effective from April 1 next year.

It told the DISCOMs to make realistic projections for power sales for 2017-18 as the figures stated by them seemed unrealistic. The overall growth rate for 2017-18 has been projected as 9.42 per cent by the southern DISCOM and 12.05 per cent by the northern DISCOM. The growth rate for HT category has been projected at 14 per cent and and 26.16 per cent respectively.

The growth rate for low tension agriculture connections has been projected as 6.5 per cent by both DISCOMs. The ERC pointed out that the DISCOMs had previously projected higher agriculture consumption in the past.

The ERC said DISCOMs should replace 10 per cent of existing agricultural pump sets with energy efficient pump sets as stipulated in the UDAY memorandum of understanding. It sought a quarterly progress report on the same.

ERC said new agricultural connections should be given only if the farmer uses a five-star rated pump, complies with the demand side management measures and instals meters. The ERC has directed the state government to increase subsidy for agricultural power consumption because of the increase in duration of power supply.

IR working on technologies to enable 40% substitution of Diesel by CNG in Locos & nine-zoned Solar Panels on DEMUs

Indian Railways working on Technology to achieve Mission 41K

NEW DELHI: Indian Railways is working on technologies that will enable 40% substitution of diesel by compressed natural gas (CNG) in locomotives and nine-zoned solar panels on diesel electric multiple units (DEMUs). The move will help railways achieve its ‘Mission 41K’ target and reduce carbon footprint. The development comes close on the heels of railways flagging off a solar-powered DEMU, a six-coach rake, which is expected to save 21,000 litre of diesel annually, translating to savings of Rs 12 lakh, and also cut carbon emission by 9 tonne per year. Such initiatives are expected to help it save Rs 41,000 crore in the next 10 years — called ‘Mission 41K’ — as envisaged by railway minister Suresh Prabhu earlier this year.

Railways recently floated a tender inviting applicants to work on its diesel locomotives and develop systems that will ensure that 40% of diesel is substituted by CNG in a standard duty cycle of a DEMU, as specified by the Research Designs and Standards Organisation, a wing of railways.

“The tender specifies the engine to be worked upon in which the applicant will use the CNG substitution system. We have given the emission standard, the duty cycles are mentioned and we need 40% substitution,” said an official of the railway ministry. The dual fuel system will be able to simultaneously use CNG and diesel.Duty cycles differ on various routes depending on speed a train can attain and stops it makes. “There are eight notches and on lower notches CNG cannot be used. When a train is idling or is running on the first notch, CNG cannot be substituted,” the official said.

At present, the railways is running 19 locomotives which are designed to substitute 20% of diesel by CNG and the number of such locomotives is expected to go up to 25. “We already have one train running at 53% CNG mixing from Sakurbasti (New Delhi),” said the official, adding that 20% substitution of CNG means saving 8% of cost. Railways spends around Rs 17,500 crore each year on diesel and 18% of the carrier’s operational expenses go towards fuel cost including electricity. Prabhu had earlier said that railways’ energy bill should come down by 15%, and claims to have saved Rs 4,000 crore on power bills through various initiatives in the last three years.

Separately, railways is looking to install mono crystalline solar panels on DEMUs which are of highest efficiency. “Our constraint is space on train rooftops,” said the official.Railways is looking at putting up solar panels with nine zones. Even if one zone is in shade, the rest will work. “Normally, there are two-three zones panels. This does not work best for us as there are overhead cables and trees which will constantly cut off Sun rays,” said the official, adding that these panels will be installed on 250 coaches. Tenders for such panels have already been floated and railways has got three offers. “Tenders have already been opened and they will be scrutinised,” he said.The transporter plans to generate 1,000 MW of solar power in the next five years. It has also started generation of 26 MW of wind energy.

Indian Railways eyes Rs.26400 Crore Savings in Energy Costs over 10 Years

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways has chalked out a blueprint to electrify its network over the next ten years that will result in an estimated total savings of Rs 26,400 crore on energy costs, a ministry official said.

The energy bill of the public transporter is around Rs 32,000 crore a year, of which diesel accounts for Rs 16,000- 18,000 crore.

With electrification of major rail routes, the ministry estimates annual saving of the tune of Rs 3,300 crore, the official said.

The Railways has set a target of electrifying 24,400 km of routes by 2022 to drastically decrease the use of diesel for reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The target will be announced by Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu on August 4, the ministry official said.

Currently, only about 42 per cent of total rail network is electrified.

To fast-track the pace of electrification Railways have joined hands with three PSUs IRCON, RITES and PGCIL.

During the last three years and for 2017-18, a total of 93 railway electrification projects along 16,815 kms have been included in the Budget at an estimated cost of Rs 17,165 crore.

Railways expected to save at least 21000 liters of Diesel per annum from a single Solar DEMU

The Indian Railways spends a huge amount of money on diesel to power its trains each year which, apart from the monetary impact, also takes an environmental toll. With the introduction of environment-friendly Solar DEMU Trains, IR to contribute towards clean air and is expected to cut down diesel consumption and carbon footprint drastically

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways’ newly launched solar diesel multiple unit trains (DEMU) are expected to save hundreds of crores for the government in fuel bills as well as reduce the carbon emissions. The Indian Railways spends a huge amount of money on diesel to power its trains each year which, apart from the monetary impact, also takes an environmental toll. To address the issue, the Railways is looking seriously at solar and flagged off a solar DEMU rake recently. The department has already increased the speed of installing rooftop solar in railway stations and railway crossings. The solar DEMUs will take the energy saving plan of the department a step further.

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has set a target of saving the Railways Rs 41,000 crore in energy expenditure over the next 10 years. For that, the solar power project is crucial. In the 2016-17 budget, Prabhu targeted setting up 1,000 MW solar power generation capacity to reduce the reliance on diesel.

According to an energy policy report published by the Indian Railways in November 2016, the cost of energy consumed by the Railways is 24.16 per cent of its ordinary working expense which breaks into 14.72% diesel expenditure and 9.44% on electricity. The diesel bill of the Railways increased from Rs 7,297 crore in 2007-08 to Rs 22,716 crore in 2014-15. It is one of the largest consumers of diesel fuel in India. In 2013-14, the diesel consumption of Indian Railways was around 2.6 billion litres, as per official data.

According to the Railways, the solar DEMU system helps reduce carbon footprint of these commuter trains and cuts carbon dioxide emission by 9 tonnes per coach per annum. It projects a saving of 21,000 litres of diesel per DEMU train with six trailer coaches and that will translate into savings of Rs 12 lakh per year. The proportional rise will be seen as coaches increase to 10 coach rake with eight trailer coaches. The Indian Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai has manufactured the new train which will run on a 1,600 hydraulic horsepower (HHP) DEMU unit.

The Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore conducted a research and trial runs of such DEMU rakes and projected an ideal return on investment period of about 7.5 years. However, it said that the period could go up to as much as 10.6 years if the annual rate of depreciation of the solar photovoltaic system is considered. The coach has a life of 25 years. Considering the fact that Indian Railways operates over 63,500 coaches and most of them are exposed to sunlight of at least 300 days on average according to the Railways, this system could be expanded to save hundreds of crores of rupees for the department.

The newly built coaches have a passenger capacity of 89 people for one coach. In each train, two coaches are motor coaches on each end of the train. The passenger coaches in between are called trailer coaches. Each passenger coach costs Rs 1 crore and the motor coaches cost Rs 2.5 crore. Each solar panel that is installed on the rooftops of the trains cost Rs 9 lakh. A total of 16 solar panels are installed on each coach on the train and each generates 300 watts of power. The power that is generated through these panels, will be used in the train for non-daylight operating hours.

For now, the train has been flagged off between Sarai Rohilla station in Delhi to Haryana’s Garhi Harsaru Junction. The train will operate in place of the non-solar powered rake on the route.

The fare of the coach will remain the same and with reduced operational costs, it means increased returns for the Railways. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu estimates the return to be as much as 20 per cent.

The IISc estimated that the annual power yield in a solar rail coach will be between 6,820 and 7,452 kWh. This would result in an annual saving of 1,862 litre of reduction in diesel consumption per coach per annum. It would also decrease CO2 emission of around 4.5-4.9 tonnes. The study estimated that if all the 63,511 coaches under operation are accounted for and considering the Railways employ 20 coaches on average in a train, the solar rail coaches could generate 433,145,020 kWh of electricity per year. This would save 108,476,788 litres of diesel in a year. The total CO2 emission reduction would then stand at 2,88,339 tons. The move would save the Railways a lot of money and help in achieve its climate and energy goals.

Passenger train with prototype solar-based hotel load system inaugurated

NEW DELHI: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday flagged-off the first 1600 HP Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) coach of the Indian Railways from Safdarjung Railway Station here, equipped with solar-powered hotel load system, installed and commissioned by Jakson Engineers Limited.

The installed solar rooftop system will generate 7200 KW of energy per year per system, which will be used for powering internal lights, fans and other electrical systems of the coach.

The project will help offset carbon emissions by nine tonnes per coach per year and also save about 21,000 litres of diesel for a solar-powered DEMU with six trailer coaches, thereby saving Rs. 12 lakh every year.

However, Jakson was awarded this project by the Indian Railways Organisation for Alternate Fuels (IROAF), a unit of the Indian Railways that works to promote bio-diesels and other environmentally benign alternative fuels for India’s rail network.

A total of 16 solar panels of 300 Wp, manufactured by Jakson at its state-of-the-art solar module manufacturing plant in Greater Noida have been installed on the roof of the coach to generate the requisite power.

“With our past experience in executing other challenging solar EPC rooftop projects, we were able to develop an innovative solution that helped us execute this project suitably” said Sundeep Gupta, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Jakson Engineers Limited.

This is the first instance of a diesel-run passenger train fitted with solar rooftop system with battery backup.

The system is capable of developing up to 20 kWh per day throughout the year. Surplus power generated during peak hours will be stored in a 120 AH battery system. It will help in generating useful data for research for adapting the system for future rollout on all trains of the Indian Railways.

The solar system has been fitted with anti-theft mechanism, which can withstand trains running with a speed of more than 100 km/hr.

Railways launches first DEMU train with Solar-powered Coaches

Railways moves to cleaner fuels, first solar-powered DEMU local train launched in New Delhi.

NEW DELHI: The railways on last Friday launched its first solar-powered local train here with a battery bank facility which ensures sufficient power even in the absence of sunlight.

The country’s first solar-powered local train is equipped with battery bank facility that ensures sufficient power even in the absence of sunlight. The entire electrical need of the coaches, which includes lights, fans and information display system, will be met by the energy produced by solar panels fitted atop the coaches of DEMU (diesel electric multiple unit) train.

Launching the train, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said it was a “path-breaking leap” towards making Indian trains more environment friendly.

Normally, DEMU trains – a multiple-unit train powered by on-board engines without a separate locomotive – provide power for its passenger comfort system i.E lights and fans from a diesel-driven generator.

The train was launched at the Safdarjung railway station here and the first rake will be put in commercial service over the suburban railway system of Delhi division shortly. Route will be decided soon, rail officials said.

Battery bank in First 1600 hp Solar DEMU Train ,Solar PV system on Demu train

While the 1,600 horsepower train has been manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, its solar system and panels have been developed and fitted by the Indian Railways Organisation of Alternative Fuel (IROAF).

Twenty-four more coaches will be fitted with this system within six months.

Referring to the Railways commitment to using cleaner fuels, Prabhu said it was trying to increase the use of non- conventional sources of energy.

The carrier is taking several other environment friendly measures like using bio-toilet, water-recycling, waste disposal, bio-fuel CNG and LNG, and harnessing wind energy.

The IROAF has developed this system with a smart inverter which optimises power generation on a moving train to cater to full load even during night hours with the help of a battery bank which ensures sufficient electricity.

The system reduces diesel consumption and the 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 save costs of Rs 12 lakh every year, the railways said.

Role of IROAF: While the train has been manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai what makes it special are the solar panels. The panels have been developed and fitted by the Indian Railways Organization of Alternative Fuel.

The railways hope to fit solar panels on 24 more coaches within the next six months. The routes for the train that was launched yesterday is yet to be decided.

The country’s first solar-powered local train is equipped with battery bank facility that ensures sufficient power even in the absence of sunlight. The entire electrical need of the coaches, which includes lights, fans and information display system, will be met by the energy produced by solar panels fitted atop the coaches.

Railways to add 400 Megawatt Solar Power capacity in the current fiscal

The national carrier is also planning to procure 300 Mw of solar energy from the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS) park in Madhya Pradesh.

New Delhi: The Indian railways, which is working on an ambitious plan to reduce its dependence on conventional fuels and cut down energy bill, is planning to award 400 Megawatt (Mw) of solar energy generation capacity in the current financial year.

The transporter plans to award 200 MW of rooftop solar and 200 MW of land-based solar energy capacity in the current fiscal. Overall, railways has a target of installing 1,000 Mw of solar power and 200 Mw of wind energy by 2020.

“In terms of solar rooftop installations, we have a target of installing 500 Mw till 2020. So far, we have commissioned 17 Mw rooftop solar with the latest being 750 Kw at Guwahati, Assan. Our target is to award 200 Mw of rooftop this financial year out of which 100 Mw will be through the PPP route,” Railway Board Member (traction), Ghanshyam Singh told ETEnergyworld.

The national carrier is working with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for setting up 150 Mw solar energy capacity in Assam, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. “The 150 Mw will be set up on solar parks. In addition to this, the Railway Energy Management Company Ltd (REMCL) is also finalizing setting up 50 Mw solar capacity on railway land by next year as well as 62 MW of solar rooftop, the tender for that will be issued in a week’s time,” he said.

REMCL will also be setting up another 50 MW following confirmation of the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). In addition, Indian Railways is also working with Central Electronics Limited (CEL) for installing 100 MW of solar energy capacity. “We aim to cover 770 stations under this. MNRE is yet to provide the Viability Gap Funding (VGF),” a railway ministry official said.

The national carrier, under its ‘net zero energy’ plan is also planning to set up solar plants in a bid to run nearly 8000 stations on solar energy, as reported by ETEnergyworld. “We will be setting up solar plants in 800 stations. We have also begun sanctioning study for covering another 4,000 stations under the same category,” Singh said.

The national carrier is also planning to procure 300 Mw of solar energy from the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS) park in Madhya Pradesh. “From Rewa, 50 MW solar energy capacity is in the final stages and another 250 MW is under negotiation. We are set to meet our required target by 2020,” Singh added.

He also added that the national transporter is working towards meeting its wind energy requirements too. With 37 MW of wind energy capacity commissioned so far, Indian Railways will be floating a tender for another 35 MW apart from 10.5 MW of wind capacity installation in the pipeline.

CleanMax Solar to set up 300 MW Solar Capacity this fiscal

The Chennai Metro Rail Project is looking to the sun to power its operations, quite literally. The project is on track to get one of the largest rooftop solar installations in India.

CHENNAI: The Chennai Metro Rail Project is looking to the sun to power its operations, quite literally. The project is on track to get one of the largest rooftop solar installations in India.

Energy solutions provider CleanMax Solar plans to set up nearly 300 MW of solar capacity, including 100 MW of rooftop installation, this fiscal and will invest around Rs 1,500 crore for the same.

“There is a huge opportunity in the sector, not just in the ground mounted solar space but also rooftop projects.

We are hoping to install nearly 300 MW of solar capacity in the country in FY 2017-18, which will include 100 MW of rooftop installations,” company’s Co-founder Andrew Hines told.


SCR achieves Significant Milestones in Electrification on Guntakal-Raichur-Wadi and Nallapadu-Cumbum Sections

SECUNDERABAD: South Central Railway achieved another significant milestone with the commissioning of Electrical Traction on Guntakal-Raichur-Wadi section and Nallapadu-Cumbum section of Guntur-Nandyal rail route. Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) issued authorisation for introduction of Electrical Traction on these two routes with a length a 301 Route kilometres and 517 Track Kilometres in one go. CRS authorization issued for electrical traction of Guntakal-Chiksugur section (136 Rkm) and Nallapadu-Cumbum section (165 Rkm).

Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway has been focussing on providing new impetus to the speedy completion of all infrastructural works on SCR. He conducted extensive works review meetings with Rail Viksas Nigam Limited (RVNL) and Centre for Railway Electrification Organisation (CORE) officials to facilitate timely execution of the projects. His initiatives facilitated timely approval of plans, budgetary sanctions and speedy execution of the works as well as prompt certification of Commissioner Railway Safety for the projects which helps in the Operational convenience and improving the mobility of Passenger and Freight Trains. It is a new record in the history of South Central Railway to get CRS authorisation for 517 kms length of Electric Traction in one go

Guntakal-Raichur-Wadi Electrification project

The Guntakal-Raichur-Wadi section which provides a vital link towards Mumbai and North India from Chennai, Bengaluru and Southern parts. Guntakal-Wadi Electrification project was sanctioned in the year 2009-10. This section has 228 Route Kilometres and 547 Track Kilometres. The Guntakal-Chiksugur section comprising 136 route kilometre length was authorized for introduction of electrical traction by Commissioner of Railway Safety recently. The entire project was executed with an expenditure of 207.7 crores. The electrification works of this section were taken up in two parts i.e., Wadi-Raichur & Guntakal-Raichur sections. Wadi-Raichur section has a length of 107 route kilometres and a length of 260 track kilometres. Guntakal-Raichur section has a length of 121 route kilometres and a length of 287 track kilometres. This section is having a total of 26 stations Enroute, 49 Manned level crossings and 17 Un-manned level crossings.

The completion of electrification between Wadi and Guntakal will enable to run Trains with Electric engines between Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru, Chennai. Commissioner of Railway Safety authorised for running of electrical locomotives on Chiksugur-Guntakal Section recently.

Electrification of Nallapadu-Cumbum Section (165  Rkm)

The electrification of the Section Nallapadu-Cumbum-Diguvametta-Dhone-Guntakal, with a total 426 Route Kilometer  was sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs. 363.32 Cr. during the year 2012-13. So far an amount of Rs.261.46 was incurred for the Nallapadu-Diguvametta section.

As a part of the electrification project, the section between Nallapadu-Cumbum is completed on Guntur-Nandyal-Guntakal rail route. Nallapadu-Cumbum section comprises of 165 Route Kilometers and 200 Track Kilometers. Commissioner of Railway Safety, South Central Circle/Secunderabad has conducted statutory inspection and authorized for introduction of passenger train services on electric traction was issued.

The advantages of this Electric Traction in the section of Nallapadu-Cumbum will be:–

  • The passenger Trains between Tenali-Markapur can be converted from Diesel Loco hauling to Electric Loco hauling which will save diesel cost, avoid pollution with increased sectional speed for optimum utilization.
  • All Diesel hauled Trains (Passenger/Goods) will run on Electric Traction from Vijayawada to Guntur and can be extended up to Markapur covering also Narsaraopet and Vinukonda.

Guntakal-Wadi Electrification project Map

Electrification of Nallapadu-Cumbum Section (164 Rkm)

DMRC signs 3 Power Purchase Agreements & Coordination MOU for a period of 25 years on RESCO basis with RUMSL

The 750 Mega-Watt solar project, which is being set up at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh, will be one of the largest solar plants in the world and is likely to be operational from June, 2018.
Phase-III of Delhi Metro is going to be fully solar powered. Three Power Purchase Agreements and a unique Co-ordination Scheduling Agreement, for a period of 25 years, were signed in this regard on Monday. “DMRC has become the first Metro to procure Solar Power on RESCO basis as Inter State Open Access Consumer,” read the corporation’s statement.

NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro is all set to run on the cheapest solar power produced in one of the Asia’s biggest solar power project in Vindhya region of Madhya Pradesh. A power purchase agreement between Rewa Ultra Mega Solar and the DMRC was signed here on Monday in presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The project, already on its final stages of completion, will start supplying power to the DMRC from September this year. IFC, a member of World Bank group, is financially supporting the project as one of its partner.

The agreement was signed with Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited – joint venture of Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Government of Madhya Pradesh–, Solar Power Developers (Mahindra, ACME Solar and Solenergi) and MPPMCL, in the presence of Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The project in the eastern Madhya Pradesh is one of the “world’s largest single-site solar project”. The 750 MW solar park was in news recently for producing cheapest solar power in the country at the rate of just Rs 2.97 per unit.

The project recently completed its first phase where three companies — Mahindra Renewables, ACME Solar Holdings and Solengeri Power—successfully bid three units of 250 Mw each at Rs 2.979, Rs 2.97 and Rs 2.974 tariff for the first year. The 750 Mega-Watt solar project being set up at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh, will be one of the largest solar plants in the world and is likely to be operational from June, 2018.

“The DMRC will source 345 MUs annually from this project, effectively the entire energy requirement of Phase–III of Delhi Metro project, and this would mean substantial savings in energy cost for Delhi Metro,” the statement read.

The DMRC has been involved in this mega solar project since April, 2016 and has played a crucial role in drafting project documents. It also has a target of commissioning 20 MWp rooftop solar plants by the end of 2017 on its premises and has successfully commissioned 16 MWp capacity till date and already signed the Power Purchase Agreements for 31.50 MWp.

The event witnessed the presence of senior officers from DMRC, including Anoop Kumar Gupta, Director, who has been instrumental in the effort for use of solar power, to reduce the impact of increasing energy tariff and to mitigate environment depletion.

Railways to set up ₹200-crore Solar Power Plant in Bhilai

Railways have largely implemented rooftop-based projects. In 2017-18, the IR has a target to source 140 MW solar power through rooftop units. States, such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh are considered renewable energy-friendly as they do not charge wheeling charges for power sourced from solar plants.

BHILAI: The Indian Railways is looking to set up a solar power plant in Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), where it has spare land, through Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL).

The project cost of the 50 MW plant is estimated at ₹200 crore. Of the total cost, 20 per cent will be borne by the Railways, while the remaining 80 per cent will be raised through debt.

This means, the Railways will bear ₹40 crore of the construction cost, while the power will be purchased through a developer model, wherein the developers will be asked to operate and maintain the solar project.

Funds mobilisation for the ₹200 crore project — estimated at ₹160 crore — could be raised from firms, such as Power Finance Corporation and Rural Electrification Corporation, said an official source.

Till date, the Railways has largely implemented rooftop-based projects. In 2017-18, the national transporter has a target to source 140 MW solar power through rooftop units, while 150 units can be sourced through land-based units, says a Railways Electrical Energy Management Directorate report.

The move comes as the Railways looks to increasingly source funds from renewable energy, while also lowering its energy bill. While setting up power plants, the Railways usually looks for locations that are close to its consumption points so that wheeling or transmission charges can be reduced.

Wheeling charges vary across States and are in the range of ₹1-1.50 in some States. States, such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh are considered renewable energy-friendly as they do not charge wheeling charges for power sourced from solar plants.

The Railways plans to increase its installed capacity target for solar power plants to 1,000 MW by 2020. Of this, 500 MW solar plants will be on rooftops of Railway buildings, and 500 MW plants can be set up on Railway land, after power purchase agreements are signed with developers, says the report.

Indian Railways Proposes 800 Megawatt Solar Park at Shajapur

SHAJAPUR: On the heels of the successful allocation of 750 megawatts of solar power capacity at record-low rates, the Indian Railways is now looking to replicate this model to ensure a cheap and sustainable power supply.

The Indian Railways has approached the government of Madhya Pradesh with a proposal to set up a mega solar power park with a capacity of 700-800 megawatts (MW). The project will come up at Shajapur, a few hundred kilometers east of the Rewa solar power park which received the lowest-ever tariff bid ever in India.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) recently signed a power purchase agreement to procure 24% of the electricity generated from the 750-megawatt Rewa solar power park. Indian Railways is looking to replicate the same model.

An auction for the Rewa solar power park yielded a levelized tariff of Rs 3.30/kWh, the lowest-ever tariff at that time (now the second lowest).

Three units of 250 megawatts each were recently auctioned by the Solar Energy Corporation of India. The three units of the solar power park have been awarded at tariffs of Rs 2.970 to Rs 2.979 per kWh (4.4¢/kWh). The lowest bid was placed by ACME Cleantech Solutions, one of the leading solar power project developers in India. Mahindra Renewables, part of a large industrial conglomerate, secured a 250 MW unit at Rs 2.974/kWh, and Solenergi secured the third unit at Rs 2.979/kWh.

The bids placed by these developers are for only the first year of project operations. The tariffs will increase by Rs 0.05/kWh (0.07¢/kWh) for a period of 15 years. Thus, the levellised tariff for all three units will be around Rs 3.30/kWh (4.9¢/kWh).

The Madhya Pradesh government is said to be in talks with Noida Metro and Coal India as well to set up a solar power parks. Last year, the state government signed an agreement with Indian Oil Corporation and Oil India to set up a 1,000-megawatt solar power park in Chhatarpur district.

A recent study showed that the Indian Railways can source 25% of its energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2025. This can be realized, in part, through the Railways’ plan to set up 5 gigawatts of solar power capacity across the country.

Railways eyes Rewa-type Solar Plant with the help of MP Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd.

BHOPAL: The Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS) park could turn out to be a game-changer in renewable energy in India. Soon after bids were cleared for the 750MW project, the railways approached the MP government to set up a Rewa-type solar plant, and even Coal India and oil firms are eyeing green energy, Manu Shrivastav, the principal secretary for new and renewable energy and Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd told on Wednesday.

“After the Delhi Metro, Indian Railways is in talks with MP Government for setting up a solar power station on the lines of RUMS project. The plant may be of 700-800 MW capacity and is likely to be developed in Shajapur district of MP,” he said, adding: “Everything will be similar to Rewa project, only that Delhi Metro will be replaced by railways. Discussions are on and it’s likely to be finalized.”

The 750MW Rewa project has added a new dimension to energy consumption in the country, he remarked. Besides powering trains of Indian Railways and Delhi Metro, Madhya Pradesh is in talks with Noida Metro and will set up a Rewa-like solar plant in MP’s Agar district, the IITian-turned-bureaucrat said. Land for the projects in Shajapur and Agar have nearly been identified, said sources. Even Coal India that supplies to all thermal power stations of the country has approached Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam to set up a solar power plant. “It is needed for internal power use of Coal India,” Shrivastav said.

There’s more. An MoU for a joint venture has been signed between Indian Oil Corporation, Oil India and Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam where the oil firms will pump in capital and the solar power produced will be utilized for captive consumption by both companies and their sister concerns. The project is likely to be developed in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam has teamed up with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to form Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited. The power purchase agreements were signed on April 17, with the ultra-low tariff of Rs 2.97 per unit triggering a sensation in green energy circles. According to the agreement, 24% of the power produced at Rewa will be sold to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and the rest will be used by Madhya Pradesh discoms.

New Delhi Railway Station becomes smart in energy saving

NEW DELHI: New Delhi station, one of the busiest terminals of the country, is likely to save around Rs 13 lakh a year with implementation of a smart system to control power consumption as per pre-programmed schedule.

There are 6,000 lights and 1,500 fans and 18 high masts lights at this station which handles about five lakh passengers and more than 300 trains in a day.

Micro-processor based control system, which is accessible through web/smart phone has been implemented to control all fans, lights as per the pre-programmed schedule in sync with weather forecast, Delhi Divisonal Railway Manager Arun Arora said here today.

The cost of this work was Rs 37 lakh and the energy savings per annum are being realised to the tune of Rs 13 lakh per annum thereby giving rate of return of 35 per cent and CO2 reduction by 70 tonnes per annum.

Referring to renewable energy, he said the division has undertaken initiatives in leveraging solar power.

The currently installed solar panel capacity is 412 KWP leading to annual saving of Rs 54 lakh. Another work under execution at New Delhi at Platform No 2/3 is for 140 KWP with annual saving of Rs 21 lakh has been underatken at the division.

The division has awarded two works of 20 MW for leveraging solar power at Shakurbasti, Jind, Bhatinda, Delhi.

Railways to add 1000 MW of Solar, 200 MW of Wind Energy: Suresh Prabhu

Indian Railways aims to save Rs.41000 crore on energy consumption expenses; aims to generate 5GW Solar Power by 2025, said the Railway Minister. CCEW notes that the Indian Railways could meet up to 25 per cent of its energy demand from renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.

NEW DELHI: Railways plans to use renewable energy in a “big” way and is looking to add 1,000 MW of solar and 200 MW of wind energy, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said.

Prabhu along with Power Minister Piyush Goyal also launched a new report, which said Railways can draw up to 25 per cent of its electric power needs from renewables and achieve the target of 5 GW of solar power by 2025. “We will go for solar power all over India and out of this, 500 MW will be produced by installing solar panels on rooftops of railway buildings and another 500 MW through land based. So, traction power and non-traction power both will benefit from solar power and as well as reducing cost of energy and this will be a significant improvement in Railways,” the Minister added.

The study released by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and funded by UNDP said the Railways would need an investment of USD 3.6 billion to meet the 5 GW target.

“We have a plan to include renewables in a big way in Railways’ energy mix and make it the cleanest mode of transport. We are looking to add 1,000 MW of solar and 200 MW of wind energy out of which 36 MW has already been commissioned.

“Waste-to-energy, energy efficiency, energy audits and restoration of water bodies are areas in which we are looking to improve our resource efficiency,” a CEEW statement quoted Prabhu as saying at a national conference on ‘Decarbonising the Indian Railways: Scaling Ambitions to 5GW of Renewables.

Noting that the government wants Indian Railways to become a “green engine” of growth, he asserted that decarbonisation is extremely important for Railways.

“We have set up a target of electrifying the entire network of Indian Railways in the next 10 years with at least 90 per cent of track electrification in the next five years,” he said.

The study ‘Decarbonising the Indian Railways: Scaling Ambitions, Understanding Ground Realities’ identifies key policy and regulatory challenges that developers face while supporting the Railways’ renewable energy push.

The Power Minister said Railways have come out with a commendable plan called “Mission 41K” where it is looking at a saving of Rs 41,000 crore through the electrification of railway lines.

“The decision to domestically source equipment is another positive move from Railways and will largely benefit the domestic industry. I would also like to thank Railways for extending its supporting in restarting Ratnagiri plant by agreeing to purchase 500MW of generating capacity.

“Energy efficiency has been one of the important programmes of the government and I am glad that Railways has joined the energy efficiency programme and tied up with EESL to have 100 per cent LED lights. Today, we are supplying power at a reduced rate of 60-70 per cent than what it was three years ago even at peak demand,” he said in the statement.

The 5 GW target provides a unique opportunity for solar developers, with an estimated 1.1 GW coming from rooftop and 3.9 GW from utility scale projects, the study said.

“The Indian Railways is a guaranteed consumer and has a growing electricity demand, which should mitigate any perceived counter-party risks for project developers or investors,” the study added.

The CEEW statement said the Railways announced its 1 GW solar power target in 2015 and had generated about 37 MW of wind and 16 MW of solar power across railway operations till March 2017.

The Railways has also tendered close to 255 MW of rooftop solar projects, of which 80 MW had already been awarded. In addition, it is in the process of tendering about 250 MW of land-based solar projects, of which 50 MW have been awarded, it said.

Go Green to reduce Carbon Footprint: NR to power four Railways Stations in New Delhi with Solar Power

NEW DELHI: Taking clean energy to a new level and help supplement growing power demand in the national capital, four major railway stations in Delhi will install rooftop solar power plants to reduce carbon footprint. Northern Railway announced that four major railway stations in Delhi will soon reduce their carbon footprint with rooftop solar power plants with a total five MW capacity. The power plants will be installed at New Delhi Railway Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Anand Vihar Terminal Railway Station. The Northern Railway earlier in November 2016 rolled out the tenders to install the solar power capacity to supplement the power consumption.

As per plan, the New Delhi Railway Station will have 1.1 MW solar capacity installed, Hazrat Nizamuddin 0.6 MW, Old Delhi 2.2 MW and Anand Vihar Terminal 1.1 MW. “Although the entire power demand of the stations will not be fulfilled by this… solar capacity would help in supplementing the power demand,” a Northern Railway official told IANS.

According to Vivaan Solar, a solar installation company which has undertaken the project, this would be the first step towards making the railway stations self-sustainable in terms of power consumption. “Roughly over 6,500 solar modules would be installed on the rooftop of these railway stations… We expect to complete the project by August… It would not be the entire capacity but it would definitely help in reducing the carbon footprint of the stations,” Amit Bansal, Director Finance of Vivaan Solar.

NTPC starts Second Unit of Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Co – Commissions first Wind Turbine project at Rojmal

NTPC starts second unit of Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Company. Plans capacity addition of about 1,000 mw through renewable resources by 2017. Climbs up on BSE after commissioning unit of power project
The 50 mw solar PV at Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh, 260 mw at Bhadla in Rajasthan, 250 mw at Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh and 8 mw small hydro projects are under implementation, the company’s portal showed.

BHAVNAGAR: “In line with the Corporate Disclosure requirements, we wish to inform that Unit#2 of 250 MW of Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Company Limited (BRBCL-a subsidiary of NTPC Limited) has been commissioned on 03.04.2017,” The state-owned power producer NTPC released an announcement yesterday stating that the unit commissioned was the second unit of 250 megawatt (mw) of its subsidiary Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Company, at Rajmol in Gujarat. Further, NTPC said that it has also commissioned its first wind turbine of 2 megawatts (MW) at Rojmal Wind Power Project of 50 MW. With this, the commissioned capacity of NTPC and NTPC group has become 43,534 MW and 50,750 MW respectively. NTPC, India’s largest power company, has presence in the entire value chain of power generation business. The government of India held 69.75% stake in the firm as on 31 December 2016, as per the shareholding pattern.

“We wish to inform that Unit 2 of 250 mw of Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Company Ltd (BRBCL, a subsidiary of NTPC Ltd) was commissioned on April 3,” NTPC said in a BSE filing. Further, NTPC said it has also commissioned its first wind turbine of 2 mw at Rojmal Wind Power Project (50 mw). NTPC’s wind energy 50 mega watt project is set up at Rojmal on the Bhavnagar Division of Western Railway region in Gujarat at a cost of Rs.323.35 crore. “With this, the commissioned capacity of NTPC and NTPC Group has become 43,534 mw and 50,750 mw, respectively,” the company said.

NTPC has planned capacity addition of about 1,000 mw through renewable resources by 2017. The 50 mw solar PV at Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh, 260 mw at Bhadla in Rajasthan, 250 mw at Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh and 8 mw small hydro projects are under implementation, the company’s portal showed. The power generator intends to become a 130 gw company by 2032 with a diversified fuel mix and wants share of renewable energy, including hydro, to be 28 per cent.

A subsidiary of NTPC under the name of ‘Bharatiya Rail Bijlee Company Limited’ was incorporated on November 22, 2007 with 74:26 equity contribution from NTPC and Ministry of Railways, Govt. Of India respectively for setting up of four units of 250 MW each of coal based power plant at Nabinagar, Bihar. Investment approval of the project was accorded in January, 2008. As of Sept 2012, 84% of the total site levelling job and 3.9 Km of plant boundary out of 7.9 Km has been completed. Mechanical erection of structures for boilers are under progress. The civil work is in progress for Boiler Unit#4, mill, bunker, Cooling Water, Coal Handling Plant, Pre-treatment Plant etc. Piling of all the four units of TG has been completed and raft concreting of TG#1 has started. Raft casting of chimney #1 is in progress. Construction work of Lagoon#1 is in progress. The contract packages related to coal transportation are under various stages of award.

The Nabinagar Super Thermal Power Project (NSTP) of Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Company Limited (BRBCL) is a joint venture of NTPC Limited and Indian Railways to install a 4X 250 MW thermal power plant at Nabinagar in Aurangabad district, Bihar, India. The equity portions of NTPC and Indian Railways will be 74 per cent and 26 per cent respectively. The joint venture agreement was signed on 6 November 2007 and the company was incorporated on 22 November 2007. The Railways need the plant because of the demands of a globalising economy and mega projects of the Railways such as the planned Dedicated Freight Corridors across the country. The electricity from this plant will be utilized by Indian Railways for running electric trains in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh in the eastern and western regions of the country. The Union Cabinet of India has, in view of the high tariff charged by State Electricity Boards (SEB), approved the Railways’ proposal for using direct power supply from Central generating agencies from the 15 per cent unallocated central share of power. Railways are saving about Rs. 50 crore per annum due to implementation of these schemes for using direct power supply from NTPC/Central generating agencies.

Stocks shoot up after announcement

NTPC rose 1.09% to Rs 166.55 at 10:05 IST on BSE after the company said that unit 2 of 250 megawatts of Bharatiya Rail Bijlee Company, a subsidiary of the company has been commissioned on 3 April 2017. The announcement was made on Tuesday, 4 April 2017, when the stock markets were shut on account of local holiday.

NTPC’s net profit fell 7.5% to Rs 2468.72 crore on 11.1% rise in net sales to Rs 19287.47 crore in Q3 December 2016 over Q3 December 2015.

RaysExperts commissions 5.5 MW Solar project for Delhi Metro Rail

NEW DELHI: India’s leading innovative solar solutions provider and one of the largest solar power EPC and Development companies RaysExperts on Tuesday announced that it has commissioned a 5.5 MV solar project for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

This will be one of the largest distributed rooftop solar plants setup across India.

RaysExperts solar installation will supply power to multiple metro stations, cleaning bays, parking yards and other metro rail supporting facilities. The project has the capacity to produce 87 million units of power every year.

“Delhi Metro is the 12th largest public metro system in the world, serving a total of 160 stations spanning across 213 kilometers, and helping three million commuters daily. However, this kind of infrastructure also consumes huge amount of electricity and a major share from the city’s electrical grid consumption,” said founder RaysExperts, Rahul Gupta.

“To alleviate such concerns, we were compelled to find an alternative source that can optimize DMRC’s power consumption, and in the process, reduce its carbon footprint. The power generated from our solar installation system has the potential to offset 7200 Tonnes CO2 every year,” added Gupta.

The entire power plant is spread across 42 different roofs. The largest installed system has a capacity of 725 KWp, while the average capacity is 131 KWp.

Association with DMRC makes RaysExperts one of the most prominent solar EPC developers across India, creating a network that is both environment-friendly and efficient.

Apart from this association, RaysExperts has commissioned some big projects in the past. It has solarized six campuses of National Institutes of Technology (NIT) across India, with a total capacity of 3 MW.

The company has associated with IIT Guwahati to set up a full scale solar

power plant on the latter’s campus, which could offset some of its current electricity consumption.

IR to save Rs 41000 Crore on Energy Bills over the next 10 years: says Rail Minister at CII Conference

NEW DELHI: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu his ministry has drawn up a mission to save Rs 41,000 crore on electricity energy bills over the next ten years by betting big on solar energy, even as it expects to mop-up Rs 17,000 crore through non-fare revenue modes.

Addressing a gathering after commissioning various rail infra developmental works on South Central Railway (SCR) from Hi-Tech city railway station here, he said his Ministry has drawn up Mission 41K to save Rs 41,000 crore on the expenditure on energy consumption over the next 10 years.

Prabhu said after taking over as Railway minister he had stressed that expenses on energy should come down by 15% and they are working on the same.

“So far we have been successful in saving over Rs 4,000 crore expenditure on power bills in Railways. One of the strategies is to go for solar power and generate 1000 MW of solar power in the next five years. In addition, we have already started production of 26 MW in wind energy. We are also working on converting waste to energy and commissioned two such projects,” he explained.

“We will go for solar power all over India and out of this, 500 MW will be produced by installing solar panels on rooftops of railway buildings and another 500 MW through land based. So, traction power and non-traction power both will benefit from solar power and as well as reducing cost of energy and this will be a significant improvement in Railways,” the Minister added.

Prabhu said he has already directed railway officials across the country to restore water bodies on railway lands as ground water is depleting. This will not only help in saving money for Railways but will also ensure proper supply of water and benefit everybody.

Another campaign has been launched all over India to plant five crore saplings over the next five years and already 1.5 crore saplings have been planted involving state governments.

He further said Railways must save costs and added, “You must reduce costs and increase revenue. We have also started working on other side of reducing costs and increasing revenue through non-fare revenue. Rs 17,000 crore of extra revenue, Railways will earn from non-fare revenue (model).” He said the Ministry is making Rs 8.5 lakh crore investment by raising the amount. “That problem of Railways of having no money has been solved now and we have completely bankable projects available.”

Prabhu further said he has convened a round table meet of sovereign and pension funds from all over the world next week in Delhi to find out more opportunities of raising money at lower rate though, we are now raising on low rates.

He said the Ministry’s focus is on completion of existing projects. Railway is a national asset and we need several stake holders to participate and state governments should have joint ventures with Railways to implement more projects.”

Later, addressing a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) conference, Prabhu said the Centre has plans to invest about USD 142 billion in Railways over the next five years.

When the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) talks about developed India in the next few years time, it is all do-able and for that we are laying the foundation stones today. We plan to invest USD 142 billion for Railways in the next five years. We have already put Rs 3.50 lakh crore during the past two-and-half years for the Railways,” he said.

He said 16% of the railway network in the country handles 60% of the total traffic requiring more investments in those routes.

The Minister said the railways is in the process of having ties ups with several state governments for creating rail infrastructure.

According to him, if the state grow at 10% annually then the country s GDP growth would also grow at 10%.

GM/SCR inaugurates innovative Roof Top Solar/Wind Hybrid Energy Plant on Kurnool-Mahbubnagar Section

A view of Poodoor Railway Station with Roof Top Wind Turbines on SCR

Hyderabad: South Central Railway has achieved a unique distinction for innovation and implementation of green initiatives on the Zone. As part of the same, fully integrated the state-of-the-art design 3KW Solar / Wind Hybrid Plant, has been provided at POODOOR station to meet the General Power Supply requirement of the station. Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway complimented Hyderabad Division for implementing this environmental friendly, renewable energy resource method to meet the day to day requirements of Poodoor Railway Station on Kurnool-Mahabubnagar section of Hyderabad Division.

Solar Panels on the Roof Top of Poodoor Railway Station

This is unique system generates clean and renewable energy round the clock. 3 Wind Turbines unit is called 1 Mill and 3 such Mills are provided to make it 1.5 KW wind system and 3 high efficiency solar panels to make 1.5 KW. With this, total system of 3KW has been installed to generate Avg. 7 units per day from installation. The wind mills are designed with very low cut in wind speed of 4.5 mph i.e. 2 m/sec. the turbine are special galvanised G90 grade steel. This system has been provided with inverter and batteries to convert the DC generated power to AC power. The cost of the system excluding the battery is Rs.3.8 lakh for 3 KW Unit.

Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway inspecting the Hybrid Energy Control Panels at Poodoor Railway Station on HYB Division

Other Salient  Features of the System:

  • Very high renewable energy density per square foot.
  • Scalable power generation with hybrid or solar.
  • Power generation starting at 2 m/sec. (4.5mph) wind speed.
  • Day time energy from the sun and wind.
  • Night time energy from the wind.
  • Silent operation and environmentally friendly.
  • Minimal running maintenance is required.
  • Withstand temperature ranges from -30⁰C to 50⁰C (-22⁰F to 122⁰F)
  • 1KW Load is connected on Station Platform
  • South facing of the panels for max MPTT (Maximum Power Point Tracking)

Azure Power announces successful Rooftop Solar Power Plant for Delhi Metro Rail Corp

Azure Power announced the successful installation and operation of its rooftop solar power plant for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) at the Sultanpur facility.

NEW DELHI: Azure Power, a leading independent solar power producer in India, announced the successful installation and operation of its rooftop solar power plant for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) at the Sultanpur facility. This is the first phase of a 14 MW allocation by DMRC to Azure Power, one of the largest by DMRC to a solar power developer. The tariff on the project is Rs 5.55 per kWh (US$ 0.083), with a total subsidy of Rs 1.674 crore (US$ 2.514 million). The company will supply power for 25 years which will be utilized for DMRC’s operations. The 14 MW project will be completed in phases and will cover several metro stations, workshops and parking lots.

Commenting on the occasion, Anup Kumar Gupta, Director (Electrical), DMRC said, “Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has taken a number of Green initiatives and steps to reduce its carbon footprint. The power generated from solar energy will not only fulfill our energy requirements but will also help in making the city cleaner and greener. DMRC has signed a PPA for 25 years with Azure Power to help us in this endeavour.”

Inderpreet Wadhwa, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Azure Power said, “Azure has unique rooftop solar power solutions for infrastructure, commercial and industrial customers in cities across India to lower their energy cost and meet their greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets. We are pleased to partner with DMRC in reducing their GHG emissions through deployment of solar energy in their facilities across the capital city of New Delhi.”

Azure has a portfolio of over 1,000 MW with an excellent record in setting up and operating solar power plants, be it utility scale or commercial rooftop projects. Azure Power has a vast experience in delivering solar power projects, from the construction of India’s first private utility scale solar PV power plant in 2009, implementation of the first MW scale rooftop under the smart city initiative in 2013, to the largest solar plant (100 MW) under India’s National Solar Mission (NSM) policy in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Azure has a portfolio of 500+ rooftops across 10 states under various stages for its customers, which include the country’s largest commercial real estate developer, and a leading global chain of premium hotels.

Railways sign Letters of Intent (LOI) with UNEP on Environment Initiatives

Indian Railways highlights its Mission to produce 1000 MW Solar Energy and to reduce water consumption by 20%. UN body aims to concretise an Action Plan for development of green technology and also to set up waste management centres at all major railway stations in India

NEW DELHI: In the august presence of Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Officials at the Ministry of Railways yesterday signed a LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to formalise the joint cooperation in the area of environmental conservation today i.e. 9th March 2017 at Rail Bhavan. Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain specially graced the occasion. Chairman, Railway Board, A. K. Mital, Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board, Ravindra Gupta, other Railway Board Members and senior officials were also present on the occasion. Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director UNEP (and Under Secretary General, UN) from Head office, Nairobi, Kenya was also present. Representatives of Indian Railways and UNEP signed and exchanged Letters of Intent for exploring the opportunity and Developing a Joint cooperation mechanism in the field of Environment& Sustainability

The focussed areas identified for joint activities would be to;

  1. Collaborate in Formulating Specific Roadmap for achieving 20% reduction in Water consumption at Railway establishments.
  2. Collaborate in the development of a Draft action plan for establishing waste management centres at major stations on Indian Railways.
  3. Collaborate in the development of a Draft action plan for Indian Railways on sustainable public procurement for green technology.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that Indian Railways welcomes this partnership. The priority in Railways is to reduce the carbon footprints which will help public at large. After this partnership, opportunities are large to work for environment conservation in collaboration with UNEP. Railway is already taking several green initiatives and is going to produce 1000MW solar energy. This joint co-operation will help Indian Railways in its green objectives.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Erik Solheim, Executive Director UNEP said that Indian Railways is an iconic organization which provides environment friendly transport. The focus of this partnership is on three main areas: waste management which is important for community, reduction in water consumption which is core of environment issues and sustainable public procurement. Indian Railways is a major procurement agency. The focus should be to move towards a greener state. Indian Railways under the reformist leadership of Minister of Railways will sure move towards greener and efficient transport system.


Indian Railways, the lifeline of the country, with carrying 23 million passengers every day is the largest passenger carrying system in the world.  It is also the largest consumer of water as well as electricity and major contributor to green environment due to reduced GHG emissions. Indian Railways have been taking a number of steps towards Water Management, Energy Conservation, Solid Waste Management and Green buildings. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is the leading organization within the United Nations system in the field of environment and has as a major area of focus of its global mandate, the conservation, protection, enhancement and support of nature and natural resources worldwide.

As the UNEP and Ministry of Railways share common objectives with regard to the coherent implementation of the environmental dimensions of sustainable development, and wish to collaborate to further these common goals and objectives within their respective mandates and governing rules and regulations; both organisations today signed and exchanged Letters of Intent for exploring the opportunity and Developing a Joint cooperation mechanism in the field of Environment& Sustainability.

Railways plan to save Energy worth Rs.41,000 Crore in 10 years: Railway Minister

NEW DELHI: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said his Ministry has drawn up an action plan to save energy worth Rs 41,000 crore over the next ten years.

“I have prepared an action plan and it has been presented to the public (domain) also, that Rs 41,000 crore can be saved on energy during the next 10 years,” Prabhu said at a conference by Confederation of Indian Industry, here.

He said, through such an initiative, the Ministry has already saved almost Rs 4,000 crore on energy.

Referring to the allocation of Rs 1.21 lakh crore in the Union Budget presented last month, Prabhu said out of the Rs 1.21 lakh crore, the Ministry will get Rs 55,000 crore as “gross budget.”

“So what will happen to the remaining Rs 66,000 crore? We have to raise them,” he said.

Noting that the Ministry has undertaken an exercise to ensure faster processing of tenders, he said, instead of waiting to obtain an approval at the Ministerial level, now it is being done by the General Manager.

Calling for more efficiency and transparency in the operations of the railways, he said, “If you tell us where we need to bring in transparency, we will bring it.” On management of ministry’s expenses, he said the Ministry had earned about Rs 3,500 crore by selling scrap materials.

Solar Installations Picking Up – Central Electronics Limited Tenders 100 MW Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar

Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a Government of India enterprise, has tendered 100 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar to be installed on office buildings and railway stations under zonal railways, using the RESCO model. The bidding process will be implemented on a state-wise basis and bidders can apply for a maximum of three states or 20 MW capacity. The minimum project size is 50 kW. Bid-submission deadline is March 6, 2017.

According to the tender document, the tariff in the first three years will be capped at Rs.6.00 (~$0.087)/kWh for general category states and union territories, and the tariff for special category states and union territories will be capped at Rs.4.00 (~$0.058)/kWh in the first three years.

Bidding will be based on a levelized tariff. Successful bidders under general category states and union territories will be provided an incentive of Rs.18,750 (~$274.741)/kW, whereas successful bidders with under special category states will be provided Rs.45,000 (~$659.379)/kW as incentive.

Bidders will be required to furnish year on year tariff for 25 years starting from the date of commissioning of the project. Tariff stream quoted by the bidder will then be levelized with a discounting rate of 11 percent year-over-year. Capacity will be allocated based on the lowest levelized tariff quoted for 25 years in each state.

The scope of work includes, site survey, design, manufacture, supply, erection, testing and commissioning including warranty, operation, and maintenance of Rooftop solar PV systems for a period of 25 years after commissioning of project, in different states and union territories in different railway zones.

Vivaan Solar to Develop 1.5 MW Solar Rooftop Project at Jhansi Railway Station

Vivaan Solar will develop the 1.5 MW solar rooftop system at the Jhansi Railway Station. The company quoted a tariff of Rs.5.64 (~$0.0844)/kWh and the project is expected to be commissioned within nine months.

Azure and Amplus were the other big names that competed in the auction. The project was tendered by the North Central Railways and will be constructed on production sheds and service buildings with an aggregate capacity of 1.5 MW. The power generated from the project will be utilized by the railway through a net-metering program.

Vivaan Solar recently won bids to develop 5 MW of rooftop solar at the New Delhi, Old Delhi, Anand Vihar and Hazrat Nizamuddin railway stations. To date, Vivaan Solar has commissioned ~1.3 MW of rooftop solar projects and has ~8.7 MW of rooftop solar projects under development.

SWR joins IR’s 2020 Target of producing 1000 Mw Solar Energy – harnesses Solar Power at Rail Soudha, Hubballi

South Western Railway Hq takes up Green Energy push thus contributing towards the Ministry of Railways mission of producing 1000 Mw Clean Energy and 100% Solarization of 7000 Railway Stations initiatives by 2020.

HUBBALLI: In an effort to get at least a tenth of its energy need from renewable sources, the Ministry of Railways plans to achieve at least a 1,000 Mw solarization and about 200 Mw of wind power plants by 2020, and deployment of solar energy panels on train coach roofs and on top of Railway establishments all the the country.

As part of the IR’s initiatives, Solar energy is being harnessed for the needs of Rail Soudha – South Western Railway’s Headquarters complex situated on Gadag Road, Hubballi. A 100 Kwp (2  X 50 KWP) Roof Top Solar Systems have been commissioned on top of the Rail Soudha bulding recently which is estimated to achieve around 1.5 Lakh units per annum average power generation through solar energy. Presently the total energy demand of Rail Soudha is approx.5.6 Lakh  units per annum. Hence 26.8 % of the total energy requirement of Rail Soudha shall be met through solar power. going forward. The work of supply and installation of solar panels was executed at Hubballi by M/s. Central Electronics Ltd.  45 KWp Roof Top Solar System has been provided at Hubballi Workshop also and the plant is under testing. This step of harnessing solar power towards green initiatives will significantly reduce the energy cost for SWR.

Indian Railways consumes 18.25 billion kilowatt hours of electricity as on date, which is 1.8% of the total country’s utilisation. Railway Minister has mandated conversion of 7000 Railway Stations into 100% Solar Powered by 2020 and accordingly Railway Board has decided to go full throttle for pushing solar power generation in the country.

In a recent presentation, it said 1,000 Mw of solar units were envisaged to be set up by developers on railway or private land and rooftops of rail buildings, at their own cost; the ministry of new and renewable energy would give a subsidy or viability gap funding for five years.

Right now, India produces around 9000 MW of solar energy, which had been pledged to increase to 20,000 MW by 2020. But now, the goal is 40,000 MW.  As far as Indian Railways is concerned, so far, 14 Mw of solar and 36.5 Mw of wind energy have been set up, and 220 Railway Stations have solar rooftop installations. ‘We expect about 10 Mw of additional solar capacity (via five zonal railways) by March 2017,” an official at Railway Board said. Of the 1,000 Mw of solar units planned, half are planned as rooftop installations through developers and the rest as land-based systems.

As for installing on coach roofs, government-owned Central Electronics (CEL) has provided solar panels on three coaches as an experiment; Northern and Southern Railways have been directed to provide panels on two more trains. CEL is to do a detailed study for an additional 350 Mw rooftop capacity.

In wind energy, of the 200 Mw plan, about 40 Mw is in operation — including 10.5 Mw capacity at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai and a 26 Mw unit at Jaisalmer, in October 2015. “Tenders will soon be issued for wind power plants in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra,” said the official quoted earlier.

In association with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and other Govt. associations, 50 special solar parks would also be established, such that each of these parks generate a minimum of 500 MW power every year.

Especially after tariffs for solar power fell to record low of Rs 2.9 per kilo-watt hour. Recently, leading solar power generating companies quoted their price for working on World’s largest solar power plant at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh (which is expected to generate 750 MW of solar energy)

And Mahindra Renewables Pvt. Ltd, Acme Solar Holdings Pvt. Ltd and Sweden’s Solenergi Power Pvt. Ltd quotes the following bids for working for winning the contract:- Rs.2.979 per kWh, Rs.2.97 per kWh and Rs.2.974 per kWh respectively.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), which is being headed by PM Modi has agreed to allocate a budget of Rs 8100 crore for doubling solar power generation to 40,000 MW by the end of 2020. Massive increase in budget has been allocated to double solar power generation, even as plans for putting 7000 railway stations under 100% solar power is rapidly underway, thus contributing for India’s vision of becoming world’s leading hub for alternate energy, and the right buttons are being pressed for the same from Ministry of Railways too.

This fresh allocation of budget, and a pledge to increase solar power generation to 40,000 MW up from estimated 20,000 MW by 2020 is a big boost to the industry. During the budget announcement, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced that 7000 railway stations would be solar powered by 2020. As per latest reports coming in, work has started in full swing to achieve this mission, which would be path-breaking in several aspects. Indian Railway would eventually emerge as the World’s 1st Railway System to harness 100% solar power across 99% of its stations.

As per reports coming in, installation of solar power across 300 railway stations have begun, mainly in Rajasthan and Gujarat, which are Sun-abundant states with less rainfall and more sunny days.  On the other Zonal Railways, steps are being initiated to meet the targets. Railways has already floated tenders for generating 25 MW of solar energy from rooftop installations at railway stations, and within few weeks, the contract for 2000 railway stations would be finalised.

Govt. has planned the monetization aspect as well. The contracts and tenders for installing roof-top solar power generators would be based on developer mode, wherein the project developer will sign long term contract for power-purchase from these solar installations. These developers would be then assigned to sell the same power to end-users, thereby ensuring that cost of the project is recovered.

As per some reports, in the first phase, each railway station has been planned to generate 25 MW of solar power at rooftop and 50 MW of solar power via ground-mounted installations. In the 2nd phase, 60 MW of rooftop and 660 MW of ground-mounted solar energy would be generated, across 9 states.

Railways is also working with UN Development Program for generating 5 Gigawatts of solar power via various projects.

Three more stations under Ajmer Division to get Solar Power

AJMER: In another step towards reducing carbon footprints, three more stations, Falna, Rani and Marwar, of North Western Railway’s (NWR) Ajmer division will get solar plants from Thursday which will generate 210kw energy by saving electricity of Rs 21.3 lakh. Currently, Ajmer and other railway stations have been solar powered.

In last odd one year, equipping railway stations with solar power was pushed hard by the railway administration and now ‘A’ grade railway stations like Falna, Rani and Marwar junctions will be equipped with solar power which will reduce about 274 tonnes of carbon footprints.

“The work was monitored by high officials according to the timeframe,” said an official source. He said cost of solar plants on these stations will be recovered in about seven years and helping in clean environment.

To save electricity, the division has also boosted installing of LED lights in all railway stations under Ajmer wing.

“Installation of LED lights will not only save 18.24kw electricity, but also will reduce energy bill worth Rs 5.12 lakh per year and 66.57 tons of carbon footprints will be brought down by this move,” added an official. He further added that LED installation has been completed in Abu Raod railway station and streetlights in colonies of Ajmer and Abu road will be replaced by LED. It is planned to cover 15 more railway stations soon.

Apart from installation of solar plants at railway stations, the mission will also educate the staff to become eco-friendly.

“We wanted that every employee of railways and even passengers will learn a lesson on why saving energy is important and therefore railways spreading message of save energy,” said Puneet Chawla, Divisional Railway Manager DRM of Ajmer Division.

Solar plants at these stations will be inaugurated by General Manager of North Western railway, Anil Singhal, on Thursday during his annual inspection of Ajmer division. There are other projects including construction of two-lane road over bridges between Khimel- Falna railway stations, RPF outpost and barrack at Falna railway station, national train enquiry system at Falna station, integrated passenger information system at Rani, new electronic interlocking system at Marwar and operation through video display unit and control panel. Facilities like integrated passenger information system at Marwar and more facilities will be provided to passengers on these railway stations just in a day.

Delhi Metro to bring in World’s first Transit Rating system

NEW DELHI: The world’s first transit rating system, which caters exclusively to metro networks, was unveiled at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s head office here on Wednesday.

With this, the Metro Bhawan has also become the first building in the country to achieve a certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The DMRC, along with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), announced the LEED for transit rating system, designed specifically to address the needs of transit systems around the world.

“Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will be the first metro network in the world to pursue the pilot – LEED v4 O+M: Transit – for its stations in Delhi-NCR. Also, the Metro Bhawan is the first building to pursue and achieve LEED certification,” said a statement released by the DMRC.

LEED is an international certification, which provides a framework to building owners and operators for identifying and implementing practical green building solutions. It was introduced for transit purposes after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the DMRC, the USGBC and the GBCI in October 2015.

To assess the functioning of metro stations, an ‘arc performance platform’ has been released, which will track performance based on five categories — energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience.

Developed with inputs from the DMRC, the new system will allow operational transit facilities to benchmark efficiencies and demonstrate continual improvement.

Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, said, “LEED v4 is based on actual performance parameters. The DMRC’s initiative will also motivate other metros to take environment-friendly measures and achieve this certification.”

Mysore Division to tap Solar Energy at 20 Railway stations; to install Solar Panels along the length of the platform roof

MYSORE: As part of the Indian Railways current drive to tap alternative form of energy to go green, the Mysuru division of the South Western Railway (SWR) will soon have about 20 railway stations fuelled by solar energy. The plan is to install solar panels along the length of the platform roof at these stations which are in the process of being identified and this will help reduce dependence on the local electricity supply companies. The move will entail considerable savings on power bills besides taking giant strides in being eco-friendly.

Atul Gupta, Divisional Railway Manager, told that Mysuru division shells out nearly ₹90 lakh per annum towards power bill and with the installation of the roof top solar panels on platforms at least 25% per cent of the power charges could be saved. “Besides cost savings, it will reduce dependence on local power supply companies who can divert power thus saved to industries or domestic consumption. Once we are self-sufficient in power, we will be off the grid to a large extent resulting in reduction of load on them,” Mr. Gupta said.

The work on installation of solar panels on platform roofs at Mysuru and Hassan will be taken up in due course but the remaining stations are in the process of being identified depending on their geographical locations, solar energy potential, and requirements. This is part of the ongoing drive across Indian Railways to tap alternative forms of power and reduce dependence on conventional power generated from coal and hydro, Mr. Gupta added.

Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer Vishwanathan explained that an MoU has been signed with private companies to install, maintain and operate the solar panels at Mysuru and Hassan stations and will be completed by 2017-18. “The remaining stations are in the process of being identified but the project will be completed within the next two years,” he added.

As per the plans, solar panels of 100 kV capacity each will be installed at Mysuru and Hassan and each station is expected to generate about 800 units to 1,000 units of electricity per day on a clear day with bright sunshine. In case of Mysuru, the requirement is 3,000 units per day and will result in an average saving of 25% in power cost.

The solar panels will ensure uninterrupted electricity supply at stations during day time for at least six to eight hours and can power reservation counters, waiting hall, platforms, and so on.

These are in addition to the 15kV solar hybrid plant at Birur station while 60 level crossing gates are also energised by solar power.

MSEDCL blocks Nagpur Metro Rail’s Solar Power Plan

NAGPUR: Mahametro’s plan to meet 65% of Nagpur Metro Rail’s energy needs through solar power has received a jolt as state-run discom MSEDCL has refused to relax its norms for the project. Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has asked the two agencies to hold a meeting and find a way out.

MERC has also told Mahametro to file its say justifying its case as being unique and requiring a special dispensation considering the intent and purpose of the solar roof top policy.

The date of meeting between Mahametro and MSEDCL is to be finalized. A senior Mahametro official said that it would be held in the coming week.

Solarization is vital for the success of the Metro Rail project. The cost of MSEDCL power as per the Commission’s latest tariff order is Rs.7.33 per unit. This is exclusive of fuel surcharge and electricity duty. On the other hand, NMRCL can get solar power at between Rs.5 and Rs.6 per unit. The effective difference between the two tariffs is over Rs.2 per unit, which is quite high.

Mahamemetro wanted to go for a mix of solar energy and MSEDCL power under the latter’s solar roof top policy. The maximum load permitted under the policy is 1MW. However, Mahametro plans to generate 14MW through solar power and buy 9MW from MSEDCL. The discom has told MERC that as Mahametro’s solar capacity was more than 1MW, it had to be considered as a captive plant.

“If the electricity cost is low then the fares will be low leading to higher ridership. This will make the project viable and is therefore in public interest. Moreover, solar energy is green and will lead to lower pollution. Foreign lenders have readily granted a loan to the project because of this aspect,” a Mahametro official told.

The solarization project has already been delayed due to heavy workload of the commission. “Our tender documents are ready since months. MERC did not accept our petition for two months saying that it was dealing with power tariff petitions of the power distribution companies,” the official said.

MMRC to harness Solar Power for Metro-3 project

Lighting, ACs to run on solar power for the upcoming Mumbai metro rail project.

MUMBAI: AS PART of its green initiatives, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) plans to use solar energy to power part of the under-construction Metro 3. It plans to use solar energy at the Aarey car depot and at sub-stations along the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ line.

The sub-stations themselves require power supply for the functioning of utilities like lighting and air-conditioning. The 33.5-km Metro line will have three receiving substations – at Science Museum, Dharavi and Aarey Colony. Solar panels will be installed on their rooftops to provide power supply for utilities, making the substations self-reliant for basic power supply needs.

Similarly, the car depot and workshop at Aarey will also have solar panels.

“Since Metro 3 is completely underground, it was a challenge to use solar energy as there is very little area exposed to the sun. But we overcame that challenge and decided to use this environment-friendly measure as much as possible,” said a senior MMRC official.

MMRC will take the first step on this project by installing solar panels on the rooftop of its office building in BKC to take care of the lighting needs. It will also have the provision of net metering, which allows MMRC to sell the surplus power generated back to the grid and save on electricity bill.

“We have already awarded work for the rooftop solar panels for our office building and it will be commissioned by March 31. The designs have already been approved and we will soon procure the equipment,” added the official.

MMRC hopes to generate up to 1.5 MW power through its solar initiatives. It is also looking at options to harness solar energy for the running of trains.

Waste-to-Energy Plant at New Delhi Railway Station to be Operational by June as per NGT Directives

NEW DELHI: The New Delhi railway station will soon have a waste-to-energy plant of its own that will help recycle solid waste generated at the busiest station in the Capital and produce electrical energy.

The national capital is the second city, besides Jaipur, that will have such a solid waste management plant. A reference to this was made by finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday. “Pilot plants for environment friendly disposal of solid waste and conversion of biodegradable waste to energy are being set up at New Delhi and Jaipur railway stations. Five more such solid waste management plants are now being taken up,” Jaitley said.

The railways had decided to set up the waste-to-energy plant at New Delhi railway station last year, following directions from the National Green Tribunal.

“The plant is being set up on public private partnership (PPP) mode. RITES, which was nominated as the nodal agency for tendering process, has already issued tenders for the project. Bids are likely to be opened later this month. The initial target for commissioning the project was June this year. We hope to make it operational as targeted,” a senior Northern Railway official said.

Sources said, as per plans, railways will purchase the power generated at the plant at rates applicable for a domestic user and procured energy is likely to cater to the needs of the station. The public transporter could also, in future, procure manure produced at the plant that could be used for horticulture in upkeep of parks on different railway office premises and residential colonies, an official said.

Officials said the upcoming plant, spread over an 15,000 square metre area, will have recycling capacity of 15 tonnes per day.

“The plant will have a minimum life of 12 years. The contractor will operate the plant after commissioning for few years before handing it over to the railways,” an official said.

Railway Minister unveils 10-year Energy Plan for Railways to save Rs.41000 Crore

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday said the transporter will change its energy consumption mix which will result in savings of R41,000 crore in the next decade as energy costs. Suresh Prabhu says that as part of Mission 41k, Railway Electrification can reduce dependence on imported fuel and rationalize energy cost

New Delhi: Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday unveiled a plan to save Rs.41,000 crore over 10 years through an integrated energy management system.

According to Indian Railways’ Mission 41k initiative, the national carrier will electrify 24,000km of rail tracks over the next five years by doubling the annual rate of electrification from 2,000km to 4,000km in the next two years.

To achieve this target, the railways plans to follow the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) model of awarding contracts for railway electrification projects. It also plans to mechanize the execution through self-propelled wiring trains among other initiatives.

Prabhu said switching from diesel to electric can help railways in a big way. Through electrification, railways can reduce dependence on imported fuel and rationalize the cost of energy. He added that the 10-year plan, which started in 2015 on a pilot basis, will continue till 2025 and has already started yielding results.

“Railways has already saved Rs.300 crore during 2015-16 and Rs.1,000 crore till November 2016. We hope this year the savings would be around Rs.1,800 crore through energy management,” said a railway ministry official, requesting anonymity.

Apart from electrification of tracks, the other initiatives under Mission 41k are change in the carrier’s energy mix by using more green energy through 1,000 megawatt (MW) solar and 200MW wind plants, installation of LED lights and bulbs across all railway stations, trains and offices.

“If consumption of only one class of fuel grows, it will lead to skewed development of the energy mix,” said B. Ashok, chairman of Indian Oil Corp., the country’s largest oil marketing company.

During 2014-15, the total energy cost of Indian Railways was Rs.31,220 crore. This included expenditure of Rs.10,436 crore towards electric traction which carries about two thirds of the total freight and about 50% of passenger traffic; Rs.18,586 crore towards diesel traction which carries the balance one-third of freight and about 50% of passenger traffic and Rs.2,198 crore towards supply of electrical energy to various offices, workshops and railway stations, etc.

The move comes as railways projects a six-fold increase in its passenger and freight traffic by 2030. The passenger and freight traffic on the railways in India is expected to grow from 3.64 trillion passenger kilometers and 961 billion tonne kilometres respectively in 2005 to 19.4 trillion passenger kilometres and 6.68 trillion tonne kilometres, respectively by 2030.

IR signs long-term deal with Petronet LNG to run Trains on LNG

Passengers to brace for a pollution-free train ride soon on Indian Railways!  This agreement will help Indian Railways cut Diesel Costs by 20%

New Delhi: Indian Railways has decided to move towards using Liquefied Natural Gas, commonly called LNG, to run its passenger trains, converting all its exiting locomotives into dual-fuel based.

The driving power cars, which so far have been using diesel as its fuel, would now be retro-fitted to use LNG as well, for the first time, sources said.

The aim is to cut down on diesel consumption by 20%. To achieve this, the locomotives have to be overhauled with enhanced safety features as LNG is a hazardous inflammable fuel, sources in Railway Board said.

The development comes at a time when petroleum prices are now on an uptrend with most oil marketing companies raising retail prices of diesel by as much as Rs 1.80 a litre beginning this week.

In contrast, use of LNG would mean significant savings for the Railways as the country has recently renegotiated a long-term deal with Petronet LNG Ltd in December reworking a 25-year contract with Qatar’s RasGas Co, resulting in prices dropping by almost half. Petronet – India’s largest LNG importer as on date, to revise the 7.5 mtpa LNG import deal terms significantly cutting the price accordingly.

Under the initial deal signed in 1999, Petronet agreed to pay about US$13 per million British thermal units, while the revised price is reduced to around US$6 to US$7, according to India’s minister for petroleum and natural gas, Dharmendra Pradhan.

The two companies said in a joint statement last week that the revised price will be linked to the oil index that closely reflects the prevailing oil prices.

Additionally, Petronet has avoided paying the US$1.5 billion penalty for taking less LNG than it contracted for 2015, but under the new agreement, it will have to take and pay for all of the volumes it has not taken in 2015 during the remaining term of the 25-year SPA.

Petronet also agreed to buy additional 1 mtpa of LNG from RasGas for further sale to Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum, GAIL and Gujarat State Petroleum, with the delivery starting in 2016.

Indian Railways has firmed up the plan under which it would convert existing and new driving power cars of diesel-run trains, called DEMUs into dual-fuel system.

Initially, all Cummins 1400 HP engines would be taken up for conversion, which are either new or freshly-overhauled engines done after 18,000 hours of run.

Since LNG is seen as a highly hazardous material, safety has to be uppermost in the mind of the manufacturers, sources said.

The converted driving power cars should have safety and protection features for engines and manufacturers should demonstrate its safe and trouble-free field operation.

The system offered should also have suitable safety devices for the safe operation of LNG storage, which can only be sourced from manufacturers having a minimum three years’ experience in manufacturing and supply of such LNG tank systems.

Retro-fitting the LNG tank has to be carefully done as it has to be mounted on a moving platform moving at high speed, needing automatic safety system and alarm with manual override systems, Indian Railways documents mentioned.

Indian Railways have been toying with the idea of using alternative environment-friendly fuel to partially replace diesel that runs its locomotives.

Use of Compressed Natural Gas as an alternate fuel has been experimented upon on DEMU engines to see the environmental impact and studies by Research Design and Standard Organisation, the R&D wing of the Railways, showed 30% savings in operation and maintenance cost of about Rs 27 lakh per engine per year. However, using LNG is more economical for commercial operations.

Azure Power to build Rooftop Solar Power Plants for DMRC

Mumbai: Azure Power, a leading independent solar power producer in India, announced the successful installation and operation of its rooftop solar power plant for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) at the Sultanpur facility. This is the first phase of a 14 MW allocation by DMRC to Azure Power, one of the largest by DMRC to a solar power developer. The tariff on the project is Rs 5.55 per kWh (US$ 0.083), with a total subsidy of Rs 1.674 crore (US$ 2.514 million). The company will supply power for 25 years which will be utilized for DMRC’s operations. The 14 MW project will be completed in phases and will cover several metro stations, workshops and parking lots.

Commenting on the occasion, Anup Kumar Gupta, Director (Electrical), DMRC said, “Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has taken a number of Green initiatives and steps to reduce its carbon footprint. The power generated from solar energy will not only fulfill our energy requirements but will also help in making the city cleaner and greener. DMRC has signed a PPA for 25 years with Azure Power to help us in this endeavour.”

Inderpreet Wadhwa, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Azure Power said, “Azure has unique rooftop solar power solutions for infrastructure, commercial and industrial customers in cities across India to lower their energy cost and meet their greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets. We are pleased to partner with DMRC in reducing their GHG emissions through deployment of solar energy in their facilities across the capital city of New Delhi.”

Azure has a portfolio of over 1,000 MW with an excellent record in setting up and operating solar power plants, be it utility scale or commercial rooftop projects. Azure Power has a vast experience in delivering solar power projects, from the construction of India’s first private utility scale solar PV power plant in 2009, implementation of the first MW scale rooftop under the smart city initiative in 2013, to the largest solar plant (100 MW) under India’s National Solar Mission (NSM) policy in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Azure has a portfolio of 500+ rooftops across 10 states under various stages for its customers, which include the country’s largest commercial real estate developer, and a leading global chain of premium hotels.

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Railways to set up 5GW of Solar Capacity in Partnership with UNDP

New Delhi: The Indian Railways has announced new grand plans to enhance its renewable energy production.

According to media reports, the Indian Railways is planning to set up around 5 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity across the country in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The capacity addition will be a mix of rooftop and ground-mounted projects.

The Indian Railways has managed to identify the solar power resource in two states so far — Gujarat and Rajasthan — where 25 MW of rooftop and 50 MW of ground-mounted capacity is to be commissioned in the first phase of the program. In the second phase, 60 MW of rooftop and 660 MW of ground-mounted capacity will be installed in nine other states. During the third phase, 400 MW of rooftop and 3,800 MW of ground-mounted capacity will be installed in the rest of the country.

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Railways issued a tender to set up 50 MW of rooftop solar power capacity. Another 100 MW tender is expected to be floated soon.

The Indian Railways has already announced a plan to set up 1 GW of solar power capacity over the next few years and is currently working on a plan to implement this capacity. The large-scale solar PV projects are likely to come up on the vast area of unused land available with the Railways. This capacity will be set up with support from the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy through financial assistance from the National Clean Energy Fund.

Last year, the Indian Railways also announced plans to issue green bonds to potentially raise funds to fuel its renewable energy expansion.

ReNew Power bags Railways’ 5 Solar Rooftop Projects

katra-railway-station-solar-rooftopKolkata: ReNew Power Ventures, a renewable energy development company, won bids for 5 MW solar installations across various locations for the Indian Railways.

The company will be investing close to Rs 35 crore in these projects which will supply energy to Railways through a 25-year power purchase agreements.

This is the first set of allocations by Indian Railways to any company under PPA mode.

Out of the total 5 MW allocation under various zones, 1 MW has been allocated by North Central Railway division for Allahabad & Kanpur, 1 MW has been allocated by South Western Railway division for Bengaluru & Hubli.

Another 1 MW has been allocated by East Coast Railway division for Vishakhapatnam and 2 MW has been allocated by South Eastern Railway division for Kharagpur, Adra, Chakradharpur and Jamshedpur.

Installations will be carried out to a large extent on station buildings, railway offices, workshops amongst other building premises.

railways-solar-benefitsIn total, these projects will generate more than 7 million units of power annually and offset over 6000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

The transaction will also result in significant saving in energy cost for Indian Railways without any investment.

ReNew Power has close to 3,000 MW of commissioned and under-construction clean energy capacity across Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

PowerGrid eyes lion’s share of Rs 25000 Crore Track Electrification

New Delhi: State-run Power Grid Corp (PGCIL) is eyeing a big chunk of Indian Railways’ Rs 25,000-crore project to electrify 24,000 kms of rail tracks in five years. “Power Grid will try to get as much share as possible of the 24,000 km rail electrification project. This is a big business opportunity for us,” a source said.

Earlier this month, Indian Railways engaged three PSUs – Power Grid, IRCON and RITES – to fast track the pace of rail track electrification project. Indian Railways has already allotted the electrification work of 761 kms of railway lines at a cost of Rs 888.96 crore to Power Grid Corp (PGCIL).

The source said, “Though it has not been decided whether there would be competitive bidding for this ‘Mission Electrification’ but Indian Railways wants to complete the task at an investment of not more than Rs 20,000. Thus Power Grid is preparing itself to prove its prowess through implementation of the task allocated to it and offering competitive rates.”

At present, Indian Railways is spending around Rs 1 crore to electrify 1 km of rail track. Besides implementation of the task at hand, Power Grid would have to be cost competitive so that Indian Railways brings down cost of electrification by at least 20 per cent, an expert said.

Indian Railways has planned to electrify 4,000 kms of rail tracks in 2017-18 and 6,000 kms in subsequent years so as to electrify 90 per cent of broad gauge network railways by 2020-21. The electrification project will help the government cut down on crude imports and also ensure faster movement of trains on these tracks, and is expected to help railways save around Rs 10,000 crore annually. At present, around 35,000 kms of rail tracks are unelectrified. Indian Railways consumes around 2.8 billion litres of diesel annually – costing around Rs 18,000 crore, a nearly 18 per cent of its working expenses.

Indian Railways plan to save Rs 3000 crore of its Energy Bill

Railways, the country’s largest energy consumer plan to save Rs 3000 crore of its energy bill every year by procuring electricity directly from power generators of its choice.

Railways is targeting a savings of Rs 3,000 crore per year through the open access of electricity, Railway Board Chairman A K Mital said at the Economic Editors’ conference here.

We have got clearances from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand which have given their consent to our proposal of procuring power directly from generators, he said.

Mital further said railways in talks with other states to have their clearances to draw power from these states’ transmission lines.

Rajasthan and Chattisgarh have given an in principal consent and we are in talks with other states, Mital said.

Railways is the largest energy consumer in the country with about 2.8 billion litres of diesel and 17.5 billion units of electricity a year. While the diesel cost is Rs 18,000 crore a year, the power bill is around Rs 12,300 crore.

After the salary and pension, the energy bill is the highest expenditure in railways, Mital said.

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has authorised the Railways to undertake transmission and distribution of electricity as a deemed licensee under the Electricity Act.

Railways will also save on fuel bill as it has speeded up the route electrification work.

Asked about its direct import of crude oil plan, he said we are in discussion with concerned authorities for availing the permission for direct import.

On rail tariff authority, Mital said it is called Rail Development Authority and and we are in the process of setting up the authority either through legislative route or by an executive order.

He said besides fixing tariff, it will also examine the scope of PPP projects in rail sector.

About the timeline, he said we are in consultation stage and a draft proposal is in the circulation seeking suggestions. The authority will be either set up by an executive order or through a legislative bill.

Conference on 100% Decarbonisation of IR with Sustainable Electrification

Experts to discuss sustainable 100% electrification of Railways. Indian Railways aims to significantly reduce carbon footprints, as Decarbonisation is a more cost-effective alternative for the Railways in the long run! The conference is hosted by Indian Railways Institute of Electrical Engineering and industry body ASSOCHAM

electrified-railway-sectionNew Delhi: Fully electrifying the Railways network may be unthinkable as of now, but it never hurts to brainstorm on how to go about it. And that’s what Railways and industry officials are expected to do in a conference on Thursday, termed as ‘100 per cent Decarbonisation of Indian Railways with Sustainable Electrification’.

The effort is to dovetail complete electrification of the railway network to the overall strategy of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, where India pledged to cut emissions by 33-35 per cent by 2030, from the 2005 level.

Upgrading technology

The conference, hosted by the Indian Railways Institute of Electrical Engineering and industry body Assocham, will also look at ways for the Railways to get investments for technology upgradation, including the use of renewable energy, and is expected to be inaugurated by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Railway Ministers of State Manoj Sinha and Rajen Gohain. Representatives from Korean and European firms, such as Alstom and Siemens, are expected to join the brainstorming session.

Meanwhile, the Railways Ministry is also looking to adopt different methodologies and technologies that would require less energy to carry the same amount of total traffic, said sources. This can be done by adopting more energy-efficient locomotives where more power goes to wheels. One way is to use locomotives with regenerative braking power, something that the Railways’ production unit, Chittaranjan Locomotives Works, is already doing.

Another solution is to use lighter wagons and coaches, which basically allows using the same power to pull more freight load and passengers with the same energy.

On the eve of the event, Prabhu is also expected to meet honchos from the science and technology and electricity sectors, including the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission Chairman, Power Secretaries of various States, and Planning Commission members.

Buying power

Incidentally, the Railways, which has a deemed electrification status, has been trying to buy electricity directly from State governments to lower its fuel bill, for which it requires approvals from the States.

India has set a target for transitioning to non-fossil fuel-based energy with 40 per cent of cumulative electricity generation capacity through renewable energy by 2030.

As on August 31, rail electrification covered 28,416 route km. It is looking to use at least 10 per cent of renewable energy for non-traction use by 2020.

Indian Railways is the largest consumer of energy and use of green energy will definitely reduce carbon footprint, Garg said.

It consumes 13.8 billion units of electricity annually, close to two per cent of the country’s total power production. It has taken steps to install solar power systems at all major stations in the country.

The generation of solar energy will also help the Railways supply power to remote areas and help save on diesel consumption due to reduced use of diesel-run generators.

In addition, Railways has commissioned a 10.5 MW wind mill, which supplies power to the Integrated Integral Coach Factory at Chennai, and plans to take the total capacity of wind mills to 150 MW.

To increase the solar power generation, Railways is using land stretches and rooftop spaces on railway buildings, workshops, stations, residential building.

Besides, it may also set up solar power plants on wastelands, empty yards alongside tracks.

Noida Metro Stations to be powered by Solar Energy

delhi Metro solar power plantNoida: Noida Metro Corridor will start using solar energy to run its 21 stations. The solar power will be used not only to run 29.7 km Noida Metro corridor but also its offices and train depot. Using solar power, noida metro corridor will become India’s greenest metro corridor.

The practices being followed are similar to those Delhi Metro is employing in Phase-3 and some of its existing stations, but Noida Metro will stand out as India’s most environment-friendly Metro project because the entire corridor will use solar power, right from its head office to parking lots and footbridges.

Noida Metro has set a target of generating 12MW of solar power daily. It is installing solar panels on the rooftops of all stations, footbridges, its main office building, the depot and parking lot boundary walls.

“Metro’s total power consumption can be reduced further with better engineering practices, sleek design, recycle and reuse,” said Santosh Yadav, managing director of Noida Metro Rail Corporation.

Yadav said solar power will run lights, fans, elevators, escalators and air-conditioning systems at its stations and offices. The traditional power connection will be used as a supplementary source if required or as backup if there is a glitch.

If there is a surplus of solar energy, Metro will route it to the conventional power grid and claim a rebate on its power usage, cutting operational costs.Noida Metro Railway Corporation’s headquarters in Sector 29 will be the first building in the NCR city to fully generate its own solar power.

The corridor, being built by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, is also recycling construction waste.

“Wasted concrete is being used to make kerbstones and tiles, which will be used at stations. We are also using wasted iron for grilles and railings of stations,” Yadav said.

Noida Metro is also planning to build sound barriers along the entire line, 576 rainwater harvesting pits and plant nearly 18,000 trees to compensate for the loss of greenery because of construction.

Railways, Power Cos., may fund India’s Nuclear Energy Expansion Programme

nuclear_energy_railwaysNew Delhi:  Indian Railways and state-owned companies in energy sector including Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Indian Oil Corporation and NTPC Ltd could soon be funding the country’s nuclear energy expansion programme.

State-run Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) is in talks with cash-rich public sector undertakings in energy sector and the national transporter to float joint ventures for setting up nuclear power plants across the country.  “We are in active dialogue with many public sector undertakings. The amended Atomic Energy Act allows NPCIL to collaborate with Indian PSUs,” NPCIL director-projects Rohit Banerjee told.

NPCIL is looking at leveraging equity from cash-rich PSUs in line with its targets to increase nuclear power generation in the country to 63 GW from the current installed capacity of 6,780 MW. It is setting up another 6,700 MW through projects that are under various stages of construction. Besides land availability and technology sharing issues, NPCIL is faced with the challenge of procuring low-cost finance. The company currently executes nuclear reactors through a mix of debt and equity, budgetary support and debt financing from the technology sourcing country. Of the proposed capacity expansion, projects adding to 11,200 mw are planned to be set up through indigenous pressurised heavy water reactors and 34,100 mw from light water reactors. The balance are proposed through fast breeder reactors and advanced heavy water reactors of 500-1,000 MW.

The Atomic Energy (Amendment) Act 1962 was amended in January this year to expand the definition of a government company providing for creation of joint ventures that are majority owned by NPCIL while other state-run companies own 49%. At present only two PSUs – NPCIL and Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd, under the administrative control of the Department of Atomic Energy – are authorised to set up nuclear power plants in the country. They are responsible for design, construction, commissioning and operation of thermal nuclear power plants.

Despite being designated as a bulk consumer, the Indian Railways currently shells out extremely high charges for traction power at upwards of Rs 6 per unit.

NPCIL had earlier floated joint ventures with NTPC, IOC and Nalco to set up nuclear power plants but the plans hit a roadblock as the law prohibits such joint ventures.

It makes perfect sense for the Indian Railways to directly source power and avoid high wheeling charges. Railways is to set up captive nuclear power plants which will help the national transporter cut its fuel bill substantially and contribute to energy security. It may even make sense to invest in baseload nuclear power plants, provided the costs are attractive and the payback reasonable. However, the better option is for the Railways to acquire sector expertise and build conventional power plants with high thermal efficiency levels. It would make strategic sense to do so, given the heightened investment intentions (greater need for power) of the Railways.

The move is part of the strategy by railways, the country’s largest high speed diesel consumer, to revisit its energy consumption considering recent hikes in diesel price for bulk users. Railways spent Rs 8,000 crore on electricity in 2012-13, while its diesel bill was around Rs 15,000 crore. However, in terms of productivity, the larger share of work is done by electric locomotives. Around 65% of freight and 50% of passenger traffic is carried using such locomotives.

The state-run transporter is also hoping to fast-track commissioning of 2x660MW ‘super critical’ thermal power plant in Purulia’s Adra in West Bengal. The Rs 7,700 crore project is a joint venture between NTPC and railways. From the present level of 3,500MW of peak requirement, it is estimated that the demand for electricity over the next 10 years will be nearly 5,500MW. “These plants will bring down the cost at which electricity is available to Railways to ensure cost-effective and environment-friendly solution for rail transport.

Switching tracks- Spot buying of power: A platform for savings

Railways — the country’s biggest consumer of power — had already warmed up to the advantages of buying electricity from the market through the open bidding, having got a resounding response to its recent tender for procuring 585 MW of traction power for three zonal railway units. The lowest bids (L1) for three regions quote tariff in the range of Rs 3.08-3.48 per unit, around half the average tariff of Rs 6.75 at which it procures power from state utilities currently.

The Railways plans to widen the scope of these arrangements as an alternative to the current process of procuring power from distribution utilities, something that could yield savings of an estimated Rs 3,000 crore for the cash-strapped people and goods mover over the next few years. The latest round of bids, coming in the wake of a similar exercise wrapped up in October 2015, marks a decisive step in the Railways’ migration strategy for procuring power directly from the market and signals a departure from its overwhelming reliance on buying electricity through long-term pacts with power generating utilities.

In recent months, after having bagged a deemed licensee status, the Railways has moved decisively in favour of switching over to procuring part of its required power directly from the market though the bidding route to pare its electricity bills. The Railways’ power buys from the electricity market come at a time when there is a clear slowdown in demand in the face of record capacity addition, leading to intensified competition that has brought down spot market prices.

Despite being designated as a bulk consumer, the Railways currently shells out extremely high charges for traction power at upwards of Rs 6 per unit. In recent months, after having bagged a deemed licensee status, the Railways has moved decisively in favour of switching over to procuring part of its required power directly from the market though the bidding route (under Case 1 bidding, where developers bidding the lowest delivered tariffs get to supply electricity) to pare its electricity bills.

The Railway power buys from the electricity market come at a time when there is a clear slowdown in demand in the face of record capacity addition, leading to intensified competition that has brought down spot market prices. “The Railways is clearly going whole hog to make use of the opportunity to bring down their operating cost, of which electricity is a vital ingredient. This works to the advantage of power-generation companies, who have been at the receiving end of the fall in demand — spot prices for electricity have dipped and are, at present, far below the long-term purchase agreement prices,” a market analyst said.

Reflecting the crash in demand, electricity prices in the spot power market slid to record lows in 2015. In December 2015, the market clearing price on the Indian Energy Exchange Ltd – India’s largest electricity exchange — averaged at Rs 2.56 per unit (KW hour), down from Rs 2.67 in November and Rs 3.03 in October. For the entire 12 months of 2015, the average price came in at Rs 2.82 per unit, as compared to Rs 3.46 in 2014.

“The price bids in the Railways tender are a clear evidence that the current cost-plus regulated tariff regime — of front-loaded tariff with full return on equity and full recovery of depreciation from day one that is so far enjoyed by PSUs — is no longer tenable. The time has come to let DISCOMs (distribution companies), like Railways, reap full benefits of cheap power available in the market,” an official with the Central Electricity Authority, the apex power planning body, said.

Besides, if the Centre were to allow state DISCOMs to exit from expensive power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed in the past with inefficient and old generating plants such as NTPC’s Badarpur thermal power station, it could similarly help them to significantly reduce their operating losses and offers an opportunity for new and efficient private power plants to wriggle out of financial distress caused by the lack of buyers for their power. “The earlier the government decides to stop protecting the perpetual and expensive PPA regime, the better it would be for the consumers, economy and environment,” the analyst quoted earlier said.

The Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a unit of the Indian Railways, has been entrusted with the mandate to carry out the bids for buying power. The utility had for the first time, in October last year, on behalf of North Central Railway, invited bids from the market under the Case 1 bidding route. Adani Power emerged as the successful bidder and was awarded the contract for supply of 50 MW power at a landed tariff of Rs 3.69 per unit for a period of three years, a move that was expected to yield an annual saving of about Rs 150 crore in the electricity bill over the more expensive power from NTPC that was being sourced by the Railways earlier.

The Railways, officials said, is working hard to prune its energy bill through an appropriate energy mix, procuring it through bidding and using alternative sources. These steps include solarisation work, for which the ministry is implementing a PPP model to utilise rooftops and vacant land spaces of railway establishments for generation of solar energy.

Railways plans to import Crude Oil directly, starts procuring power from generators

Indian Railways working to reduce Energy Bill

Rlys Energy BillNew Delhi: With an aim of reducing the energy bill, Railways has firmed up plans to import crude oil directly and started procuring power from the generators.

The diesel procurement policy has been reviewed and it has been decided to import crude oil directly and get it refined at oil marketing companies here, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Considered to be part of the larger reform drive, the Railways has also floated a tender for selection of a consultant to identify alternate procurement strategies enabling the transporter to procure diesel at market-linked prices.

Indian Railways consumes around 2.8 billion litre diesel annually at a cost of ₹18,000 crore — around 18 per cent of the working expenses. The procurement price is governed by a rate contract settled through an open tender by the Railway Board.

Through the contract with the oil marketing companies, which is valid for a year, zonal railways place diesel orders for supply. Oil depots maintain at least 7 days of inventory on an average, the cost of which is borne by the Railways. It will be cheaper for the Railways than the existing practice of fuel procurement and will save at least 10 per cent of the current fuel bill, the official claimed.

Accordingly, the Railways has sought Petroleum Ministry’s permission to import crude oil directly.

Crude procurement

“We are discussing the issue of procurement of crude and booking refinery capacity to process our crude as a service as only 40-50 per cent of crude converts to diesel. So an arrangement with the refiner to buy back the remaining products of crude processing needs to be put in place,” he said.

On the power front, the railways plans to save ₹3,000 crore in sourcing electricity by proposing to procure power through competitive bidding.

In the Railway Budget, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had said that to bring down the cost of electricity, the Railways will now procure power through a competitive bidding process to get favourable tariff from generating companies, power exchanges, and bilateral agreements.

The Railways, which procures power from distribution companies, spends about ₹12,300 crore a year to purchase 17.5 billion units of electricity.

Besides, the Railways has also rolled out plans to set up 1,000 MW solar power plants at railway lands and rooftops of railway buildings.

Delhi Metro to install Solar Plant atop elevated Stabling Shed

delhi Metro solar power plantNew Delhi: Delhi Metro will install a 3 MWp solar power plant atop an elevated stabling line of Kalindi Kunj depot, the first-ever such shed being built in the DMRC network.

“The work on the stabling shed will be completed in about six months and then the solar plant will be installed atop the shed,” the DMRC said today.

Delhi Metro has so far installed solar power facilities at three of its depots – Yamuna Bank, Ajronda and Mukundpur –and work is in progress towards installing more such plants in the other depots.

The plant will cater to trains operating on the Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden corridor, construction of which is underway.

“A specialised agency was roped in to assess the feasibility of installing such a solar plant since Delhi Metro had not undertaken such a project before. Based on their report, a decision has been taken to install a 3 MWp plant there.

“The cost of installing this solar plant will be borne by the developer, as is the case with all DMRC plants, and Delhi Metro shall pay for the energy charges at the rate of Rs 5.4945 per unit, as levelised tariff for 25 years,” it said in a statement.

As per the plan, the plant will be set up on the frames of the stabling lines and will also serve the dual purpose of being the roof of the facility.

Presently, the largest solar power plant on an individual roof is the stabling shed of Yamuna Bank Depot with a capacity of 624 KWp, DMRC said.

Delhi Metro has so far commissioned 6.3 MWp of solar power plants across 21 locations in its network.

By March next year, it would have commissioned solar power plants with capacity of about 20 MWp and by March 2018, it will generate 31 MWp of solar power, it said.

As per its solar policy, DMRC plans to generate 50 MWp of solar power by the year 2021.

On the Kalindi Kunj depot’s construction, DMRC said it was a “major engineering achievement” as for the first-time ever, anywhere in Delhi Metro, an elevated shed was being built due to paucity of space.

Viridity Energy awarded Key Patent for Energy Storage used with Rail Systems

Viridity EnergyPhiladelphia: Viridity Energy, Inc., announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded it a patent for systems and methods used to generate an operating schedule for energy storage assets, such as batteries, used in connection with transportation systems, such as rail operations, and with electric vehicles.

The patent reflects the value stacking capabilities of Viridity software, which maximizes the value of flexible load, energy assets and energy storage. It is the latest in a series of patents awarded to Viridity, including patents related to data center operations and battery/solar asset-combined operations.

The new patent addresses a variety of functions, including optimizing use of the storage asset to maximize the combined market revenue derived from integration of storage into regional markets, with cost savings associated with the capture of regenerative braking power from rail systems or electric vehicles.

Viridity President Raj Chudgar commented: “Since 2012, Viridity has operated two award-winning energy storage systems in partnership with the SouthEastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. The intellectual property inherent in our systems relates to the parallel functions for savings and market revenue and system support for voltage management and power assist. It’s a unique combination of regenerative braking capture and reuse, coupled with revenue-generating, market-based services. Indeed, the value is so compelling that the project has expanded from a single battery installation to a fleet of nine batteries that will be operational in the coming months.”

Chudgar continued: “We are in discussions with several U.S. and international transportation agencies regarding the opportunity to take a similar approach. Our patented and market-proven solutions can help large metropolitan transit system operators better manage the power dynamics on their third rail systems, and reduce the cost of operations.”

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Russia to expand Natural Gas use in Rail transport

Sinara's GT1h-002 prototype natural gas fuelled turbine-electric locomotive
Sinara’s GT1h-002 prototype natural gas fuelled turbine-electric locomotive

Moscow: RUSSIAN Railways (RZD), Gazprom, Transmashholding (TMH) and Sinara signed an agreement on June 17 at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum aimed at increasing the use of natural gas as a fuel for rail transport.

The agreement was signed by RZD president Mr Oleg Belozerov, Gazprom chairman Mr Alexei Miller, TMH president Mr Andrei Bokarev, and Sinara chairman Mr Dmitry Pumpyanskiy.

The four organisations intend to synchronise the expansion of natural gas facilities which include fueling points for locomotives, a distribution network and maintenance of natural gas equipment. RZD and Gazprom will agree the best locations for natural gas infrastructure, and RZD will start in the Korotchaevo – Surgut – Voinovka area to enable the operation of 9000-tonne freight trains hauled by natural gas locomotives.

RZD says the benefit of using natural gas is that it is possible to build a high-power locomotive of up to 8.3MW within a relatively small low-weight unit, which can reach 100km/h under maximum design load, compared with other types of gas-turbine locomotives.

RZD TEM19 Gas turbine loco. TMH's TEM19 LNG shunting locomotive.
RZD TEM19 Gas turbine loco. TMH’s TEM19 LNG shunting locomotive.

Two types of natural-gas locomotives are to be developed. Sinara will build a fleet of GT1h mainline locomotives for use on non-electrified lines in Siberia and the far north of Russia. Sinara is currently certifying a GT1h test gas-turbine locomotive and has prepared a production site for series production. During tests the locomotive hauled a 9000-tonne train for 700km without refuelling.

TMH has built an 880kW type TEM19 liquefied-natural-gas shunting locomotive, which is being tested by Sverdlovsk Railway, and plans to move to series production.

On 2nd anniversary, Mumbai Metro plans to get Solar-powered

Mumbai: The 11.4km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Mumbai Metro will soon get rooftop solar panels, power from which will cover 30% of the Metro line’s non-traction energy needs. The line completed two years of operations on Tuesday. The then chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had inaugurated the Mumbai Metro on June 8, 2014.

“Electricity generated from solar panels will be utilised for non-traction activities, such as lighting, air-conditioning and maintenance,” said Abhay Kumar Mishra, Chief Executive Officer, Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL).

The overall auxiliary energy requirement for Mumbai Metro’s non-traction use is 6.9MW or close to 1 million units per month. The traction requirement is nearly 1.5 lakh units.

The entire solar power generating system will have an installed capacity of 2.3MW, of which about 2MW will be produced from the rooftop installations at stations and remaining from the solar panels set up at the depot. The solar panels at all 12 metro stations and depot are expected to be installed within this financial year.

In addition, there are plans to switch to Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) at all Metro rail installations to reduce overall consumption. These include Metro stations, depot and administrative buildings.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the route completed two years of its revenue operations, providing commuting relief and East-West connectivity. The line has reduced travelling time in the city considerably.

5 Railway Stations get solar power in Warangal district on SCR

solar panels SC Division
Solar panels installed on the roof of the DSTE office at Kazipet railway station on Secunderabad Division of SCR

Warangal: To reduce power woes, solar panels have been installed in five railway stations in Warangal district to generate electricity.

With this initiative, the railway department has set a model for other departments in saving electricity.

The installation of solar panels would be done in a phased manner.

At present, panles have been used to operate the water pumps at Warangal, Kazipet, Station Ghanpur, Raghunathapalli and Jangaon railway stations.

At Kazipet railway station, power generated from the solar panels is being used for water pumps at five locations.

The Kazipet Junction railway station is surrounded by railway colony, schools, colleges and many other divisional offices. The panels were installed in March.

Three panels were installed near the railway quarters, one at the railway English medium school and another one at the DSTE office. “The solar panels are helping us save power. The water pumps are of 5hp capacity and by using the electricity from the solar panels, we are able to save 4 units of power per hour.

The pumps need to run for 8 – 10 hours every day,” said Rajanna Odiga, senior section engineer, Kazipet railway electricity maintenance department. The railway officials are encouraging their counterparts at all sations to go for solar panels.

Biodiesel mixed Fuel for Locomotives in cooperation with IOCL

Railways pay Rs.48 for a litre of high speed diesel while others pay over Rs.52.

Naresh Lalwani, Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad Division of Southern Railway, taking a look at the biodiesel blending and dispensing facility inaugurated at Railway Consumer Depot in Palakkad
Naresh Lalwani, Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad Division of Southern Railway, taking a look at the biodiesel blending and dispensing facility inaugurated at Railway Consumer Depot in Palakkad

Palakkad: In tune with Railways declared policy to save the cost of fuel, a biodiesel blending and dispensing facility has started functioning at the Palakkad railway division.

The Palakkad Division of Southern Railway has introduced a biodiesel blending and dispensing facility at its Railway Consumer Depots at Palakkad in partnership with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., where High Speed Diesel would be mixed with biodiesel up to five per cent before being used in diesel locomotives.

Divisional Railway Manager Naresh Lalwani inaugurated the facility at the Railway Consumer Depots near Palakkad Junction on Thursday in the presence of Additional DRM Mohan A. Menon, Senior Divisional Commercial Engineer B. Venugopal and IOC officials A. Suresh and T. Sampath Narayanan.

The facility was launched on Thursday at the railway consumer depot’s (RCD) fuelling point at Palakkad in cooperation with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. Here, high speed diesel (HSD) will be mixed with biodiesel up to five per cent and used as fuel for diesel locomotives.

Railways, a bulk purchaser of HSD, pay Rs.48 for a litre while others pay over Rs.52. However, the cost of a litre of biodiesel is only Rs.39.

The Railway Consumer Depots at Palakkad supplies about 20,000 litres of diesel per day to locomotives. The division proposes to blend 5 per cent biodiesel in the initial phase although Railways have given the nod to blend up to 20 per cent. This facility will be extended to the Railway Consumer Depots at Kannur and Mangaluru Junction soon. Fuelling depots at Palakkad, Kannur and Mangaluru Junction together supply about 1.6 lakh litres of diesel a day. The release said that biodiesel is a renewable, cleaner-burning diesel fuel replacement, for any diesel engine. Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, agricultural oils, fatty acids, animal fats and algae, biodiesel is truly a green fuel. It contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines without any major modifications.

Facility to be extended

This facility will be extended to the RCDs at Kannur and Mangaluru Junction soon. Divisional railway manager Naresh Lalwani inaugurated the facility in the presence of additional DRM Mohan A. Menon and senior divisional mechanical engineer B. Venugopal.

Suresh A, chief manager, and T. Sampath Narayanan, deputy manager (consumer sales), IOC, were present.

Biodiesel is a renewable, cleaner-burning diesel fuel replacement for any diesel engine, according to Railways.

It is made from a diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, agricultural oil, fatty acids, animal fat, and algae.

Biodiesel can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines without any major modifications.

Railways all set to trial run first Solar-powered Train in Jodhpur

solar powered train coachWith fuel consumption across the globe at an all time high and with fossil fuel under impending threat of depletion, Indian Railways is all set to implement a green solution. The India Government wishes to harness the maximum amount of solar power as possible and hence the plan to test first ever train fitted with solar panels.

This special trail will commence trial run later this month. While precise route has yet to be decided, the train will run as a passenger train in Jodhpur.

Railways in its bid to become more environment-friendly is all set to try its first train that would run on Solar energy. The first of its kind trial is to be conducted in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The Solar panel powered train is an experiment taken to reduce the consumption of fuels by the Government.

Even though the train will run on conventional diesel consumption but solar energy will be used for internal electricity gadgets. In all 12 solar panels will be fitted on the top of each coach producing 36000 watts of power in all for the smooth running of the train.

Commenting on this, Gopal Sharma, PRO, North Western Railway said, “This train is to be run as a Passenger Train and trial of this train will run by the end of this month. Solar panels used on the top of the train coaches will be used for functioning of lights and fan in the coaches, he said.

lights & fans solar poweredIndia has in recent time has been under a lot of scanners with it being one of the most polluted countries in the world. With this new initiative, the government is looking at reducing the pollution in the country. According to studies if India consumes solar energy it will help in reducing Carbon Dioxide emission by 200 tonnes.

Also, if the solar energy run train trial becomes a success, it will reduce diesel consumption by up to 90,000 litres in the country every year. This step will not only support the green initiative to make India a cleaner environment but also ensure to produce a substitute for fossil fuels which are on the verge of depletion.

Other than the solar energy the Railway is also looking at usage of alternate sources of energy like CNG, Biodiesel and Natural Gas. It already has a successful example with local trains on Rohtak-Rewari section of Delhi division are run on CNG.

It will be pulled by conventional diesel engines, but the fans, AC and lights in passenger coaches will be powered by electricity generated from solar panels fitted on top of the coaches.

Gopal Sharma, PRO North Western Railways has confirmed trial run of India Solar-Paneled Train. Profits to the Indian Railways due to use of these solar panels atop the train are yet to be ascertained, which could only be determined once the trials are conducted.

Railways estimates approximate savings upto INR 82 lakhs per train per year through use of alternate sources of energy. With over 50,000 coaches in service, the savings in fuel bill could cross INR 2,050 crore per year.

The train using solar power can bring down diesel consumption by 90,000 liters per annum while reducing carbon emissions by over 200 tonnes. As on date, the India Railways use CNG on trains along the Rohtak Rewari section under Delhi Division which has also resulted in enormous monetary and fuel savings.

Solar lighting for 17 railway stations on Kalka-Shimla link

To save energy consumption, all 17 railway stations on the world heritage Kalka-Shimla rail track will soon have the solar lighting system.Divisional Railways Manager, Ambala, Dinesh Kumar said the engineering staff was in the process of working out the modalities of introducing the solar lighting system at these 17 railway stations in a phased manner. He said its work would soon be started.

“Though no separate budget has been made available for the initiative, funds will be spared from the available budget and the work will be started,” said Dinesh.The solar power can also be used to light up coaches, helping in saving power and making all stations on the track green in the second phase. It will also help the Railways earn some carbon footprints for reducing the use of energy.Some public sector companies like the Container Corporation of India are helping the Railways to bear the cost of introducing the solar energy-based system in its stations as part of their corporate social responsibility.

As it is a world heritage rail track, the railway authorities are compelled to retain the track’s ancient architecture, but transformations are not permissible. The introduction of the solar lighting system will help conserve energy consumption.With the Ministry of Railways laying stress on making the railway stations energy efficient, officials are working out the nitty-gritty of adopting energy efficient technologies.

The stations to be covered under the initiative include Taksal, Ghumman, Koti, Sanwara, Dharampur, Kumarhatti, Barog, Solan, Salogra, Kandaghat, Kanoh, Kathleeghat, Shoghi, Taradevi, Jutogh, Summer Hill and Shimla.The Ministry of Power is encouraging energy efficient railway stations by awarding them annually. The Allahabad city railway station had received the award in 2014.

The 96-km Kalka-Shimla track is listed on UNESCO’s world heritage list and is an engineering marvel comprising 102 tunnels and 864 bridges. Constructed in 1898 by the British to provide connectivity to Shimla, which was their summer capital, it was declared a world heritage track in 2008. The 2 feet 6 inches narrow gauge draws visitors from various foreign countries, especially in during the summer, for its scenic beauty.


India is all Set to conduct Trial Run of its First Solar Powered Train

Solar Train IndiaThe Indian Railways which is the fourth largest rail network in the world is all set to equip its train with solar energy and set to conduct the first trial run by the end of May 2016 in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur city.

The train will be pulled by the conventional diesel locomotive engine and the solar energy will be used to power the lighting and other internal electrical gadgets. All the coaches of the train will house the solar panel on the rooftop and will power the lights and fans inside the coach. The Indian Railways is upbeat about the project and is looking to generate 1,000MW of solar energy by 2020.

Currently, the diesel consumption has touched 90,000 litres per year, the Indian Railways is planning to cut down. They have already using CNG, biodiesel, and natural gas. CNG is being used in local trains between Rohtak-Rewari section of Delhi Division, this is a dual use of both diesel and CNG. By moving and harnessing the solar energy, the Indian Railways is planning to cut down the carbon dioxide emission levels. India has been in highlight with cities being termed as among most polluted in the world. This initiative by the Indian Railways is a good step towards a greener world tomorrow for the future generation. The solar panels have been used in the Indian Railways in the coaches, however, it was not used for the entire passenger trains, this train, which is being tested is the first passenger train to have solar panels on all the coaches and a move towards to find out the feasibility to equip in all trains in the future.


Railways to meet 10% of Energy needs via Renewables by 2020

Indian Railways, which has envisioned a plan to generate 1000 MW of solar energy by 2020, claims to be on track to become the largest harvester of rooftop solar plants

Climate Neutral Train JourneyNew Delhi: Indian Railways which has envisioned a plan to generate 1000 MW of solar energy by 2020, claims to be on track to become the largest harvester of rooftop solar plants, and plans to meet 10% of its total energy requirements through renewable energy by 2020.

As part of its ‘Solar Mission’, the transporter plans to generate 500 MW (megawatt) of solar energy through rooftop solar panels and the rest 500 MW through land-mounted solar panels. It also aims at generating 312 MW of energy through windmill plants with the help of Railway Energy Management Corporation Limited.

Sources in the railway ministry said Indian Railways has already tied up with Solar Energy Corporation of India to generate 100 MW of solar energy through land-mounted solar plants and production is estimated to commence from December, 2017, at an average rate of Rs 4.50/unit. The transporter has also tied up with Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS) to generate 50MW of solar energy through land-mounted solar plants at an average rate of Rs 4.50 per unit and the production is estimated to commence from December, 2017.

The transporter last year floated tenders for 50 MW for rooftop-based solar panels across its various zones. Sources in the railways ministry said the tenders will be finalised by June, 2016, and the ministry is expecting the per unit cost to come below Rs 5.50/unit. The railways is also going to float an additional tender for 100 MW by the end of May this year and expects the bids to be awarded by the end of 2016.

“We have been focusing on solar energy in a big way. As more and more of our network gets electrified and the use of EMU trains increases, our energy demand will also increase. It is of paramount importance that we start focusing on renewable energy; not only will it reduce our carbon footprint, it will also help us meet 10% of our total energy requirement by 2020,” a senior railway official told.

The official added that the transporter from FY17 plans to float tenders between 50-100 MW every six months.

The railways’ electrification spending jumped to Rs 2,227 crore in FY16, a 60% increase compared to Rs 1,391 crore spent in FY15 and expects its energy requirement traction/non-traction to grow by 4% annually.

The rail ministry, in a notification last year, had directed all zonal railways to call for tariff-based competitive bidding. According to the documents available on the ministry’s website, the transporter is going to sign long-term power purchase agreement (25 years).

The railways will allow the developer to use the rooftops of railway buildings without charge; with utilisation of complete energy by the railways. The transporter may also buy back the power plant, if there is a sharp drop in the price of per unit power being procured from other sources as compared to the price of solar power contracted.

Railways to harness 1000MW Solar Power by 2020

New Delhi: The Indian Railways proposes to harness 1000 megawatt (MW) solar and 150MW wind energy by 2020, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

A total of about 50MW renewable energy capacity has been installed till date, including approximately 11MW solar power and 37MW wind power, minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha said in a written reply.

“In addition, installation of 6.5MW is in progress and for about 50MW solar capacities, request for qualification (RFQ) has been issued by zonal railways,” he added.

For harnessing renewable energy sources for its requirements, Sinha said the mechanism put in place include signing of memorandum of understanding between railways and ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), finalization of model bid documents for rooftop solar power plants with the financial support of MNRE.

Based on these model bid documents, zonal railways have floated tender documents for installation of solar rooftop plants at railway premises.

Such renewable energy plants are being put up in railways in an economical manner to reduce the cost of energy with viable gap funding from ministry of new and renewable energy.

Railways centralises Power Scheduling to monitor Energy Bill

Railways on Tuesday inaugurated a centralised Control Room to improve scheduling of power procurement

ir power control roomNew Delhi: In a bid to reduce energy bill, Indian Railways today set up a centralised control room here to improve scheduling of power being procured by the public transporter. According to the Ministry of Railways, the centralised control room set up by REMCL (Railway Energy Management Company) will further improve scheduling of power being procured by Indian Railways as a deemed distribution licensee.

Railways has started drawing power as a deemed distribution licensee at a lower tariff in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and partly in Uttar Pradesh.

Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a joint venture of the Railways and RITES Limited, has been formed to draw power as deemed distribution licensee in several states viz.at a lower tariff in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and partly in Uttar Pradesh.

Railways has further contracted 585 MW power in Odisha, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan through open bidding at a much lower tariff in line with the budgetary announcement by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Inaugurating the control room, Railway Board Member (Electrical) A K Kapoor, said these efforts will go in a long way to change the business as usual mode of availing power in Railways and in due course of time will lead to maximising the benefits on power tariffs. The control room has been setup by REMCL and it will allow scheduling of power close to its actual load requirements.

Flow of power in these states is likely to commence shortly. This has already resulted into significant saving to railways and will continue to result in further savings,” the statement added.

This move will make it possible to look into ways to further reduce the cost of power to railways by leveraging part power through exchange. It will also allow scheduling of power close to its actual load requirements,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to Railways, supply of power in these states is likely to commence shortly and this has already resulted into significant saving to the public transporter and will continue to result in further savings.

IR gets set to cut Fuel Cost – introduce Vendor-managed Depots, review Electricity Contracts

Railways CNGNew Delhi: To control fuel costs, the Railways plans to have vendor-managed fuelling depots for high-speed diesel and is also reviewing contracts with the electricity authorities to lower peak demand.

“We are going to have vendor-managed railway fuel depots. Till now, the depots were being manned by us, which added to our staff cost. We hold the inventory and pay in advance. Now, this is going to be changed. The pilot project is on in Jaipur and is being undertaken by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited,” Sanjoy Mookerjee, Financial Commissioner, Railway Board, told.

To save costs of high-speed diesel, the Railways is also improving the driving skills of its locomotive pilots to improve fuel consumption.

“To control storage capacity, we are now making ‘just in time’ kind of inventory so that the cost of storage reduces substantially,” added Mookerjee.

Electricity consumption

On electricity consumption, the Railways is reviewing its contracts with the electricity authorities to reduce the assured amount that it pays, keeping in mind the operations of each sector.

“Earlier, we used to pay for peak load, even if we were not using it. Otherwise, we had to pay a huge penalty. That is now going to be reviewed on a real-time basis, based on the loading of each section. That should give us a substantial reduction in peak load payments. Depending on the time table every year, we need to reorient the peak load and bring it down,” said Mookerjee, adding that this process will save funds.

For instance, if the peak load drawn by trains in certain sections was 100 MW, we found the average usage was 50-60 MW. The Railways also gets rebates of 1-2 per cent on making electronic payments, as some electricity authorities provide such rebates.

To save on electricity costs used for running trains, the Railways already has a deemed licence.

“We are getting rates which are almost half of what we were getting earlier. Reliance Power (ADAG) has given us a rate of ₹3-4/unit for North Central Railway, whereas we are paying more than ₹6/unit. The Ratnagiri power – a GAIL and NTPC joint venture — for which we have now contracted will help us save ₹300 crore this year.

Chennai Metro Rail to go Solar in 6 months

The power panels will generate 1MW that will take care of 30 per cent of energy requirement

Chennai: In six months, Chennai Metro Rail may have its first solar power generation facilities with a production capacity of 1MW.

According to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), they have signed an agreement with a firm in this regard.

At first, the solar power panels will be installed on the rooftop of the shed in the depot at Koyambedu; then, they will explore the option of installing it in stations too, officials said.

This depot, which sprawls over 26 hectares, is being built at a cost of Rs. 198 crore; and it houses stabling lines, workshops, washing plants for trains and also the Operation Control Centre (OCC) from where all trains of Chennai Metro Rail can be controlled and monitored.

“Currently, we use about 40,000 units of electricity; if this solar power generation begins, it may be able to take about 30-40 per cent of the total energy consumption. We may be able to use it for various functions including running of escalators, lifts and other such purposes,” an official said.

Ramya Gopinath of Solar Mango, a solar energy consulting firm said aiding the supply of electricity with solar power is a great initiative for mass rapid transit.

“1MW may not be huge investment for a mass rapid transit like Chennai Metro Rail; but it is a good startWith 1MW, they can meet up to 30 per cent of the total energy requirement. But it will help to a great extent only if they eventually increase the production capacity. It will be better if they at least go up to 3 MW,” she said.

Delhi Metro Rail had exploited this resource to such an extent that they were given an award for the highest capacity installation of grid connected solar power plants on rooftops last year.

They have commissioned about 2,000 KWP of rooftops solar plants and also signed a power purchase agreement for another 7MW capacity.

In December, they signed an MoU with Solar Energy Corporation of India for production of 500MW for catering to its upcoming phase III project.

Similarly, Bangalore Metro Rail too has made plans to exploit solar energy potential in its station premises.

Competitive bidding to help Railways cut Power Bill by Rs 3000 Crore per year

Thanks to the adoption of competitive bidding route for buying electricity, Indian Railways (IR) is expecting annualised savings of Rs.3,000 crore starting 2016-17 in maintaining the current level of traction

Competitive BiddingNew Delhi: Thanks to the adoption of competitive bidding route for buying electricity, Indian Railways (IR) is expecting annualised savings of Rs.3,000 crore starting 2016-17 in maintaining the current level of traction.

Last year, IR began purchasing power through the competitive bidding route as opposed to its earlier practice of buying directly from state-owned DISCOMs, which charge the transporter commercial rates.

Competitive bidding is a step in the initial public offering process whereby an underwriter submits a sealed bid to a company that is making its first issue of stock. After collecting competitive bids from several underwriters, the issuer awards the contract to the underwriter with the best price and contract terms. The new policy, which brought down the cost of power by nearly 40% in some cases, will be extended to most of its power purchases in 2016-17.

The deemed licensee status granted by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) also helped the transporter as it wouldn’t be burdened by cross-subsidy surcharge levied by states on consumers buying electricity from outside the state. The CERC ruling removed the hurdles in the way of procuring power from the cheaper sources.

IR Traction expenses“Our traction bill stood at Rs.10,600 crore in FY15 and Rs.10,200 crore in FY16. From FY17, we will be saving around Rs.3,000 crore annually.

Moreover, a lot of trains which used to run on diesel because the electricity cost was high on those stretches will now run on traction helping IR reduce its carbon footprint.” a senior railway official said.

As IR enters into power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the coming months for the entire amount of 2,000 MW that it uses, the annualised savings for FY17 is expected to come in at Rs.3,000 crore.

Apart from inking PPAs with independent power producers, IR’s own 1000 MW power plant in joint venture with NTPC is expected to feed its traction requirement from June, 2016.

The average cost of producing power from this plant would be below Rs.4/unit, sources in the ministry told.

The other half of IR’s traction demand is going to be met by competitive bidding route, in pursuance to which the transporter floated three tenders last year 160 MW, 220 MW and 205 MW for eastern, northern and western regions, respectively.

In February, Jindal Power emerged as the lowest bidder and won the contract for eastern and northern regions and will supply electricity to IR between Rs.3.50-4.11, including wheeling charges.

The tender for 205 MW for the western region has been opened and will be awarded to the lowest bidder by March-end. Railway ministry sources also revealed that the transporter is going to float a tender for procuring 350 MW of power for the southern region, sources add that its going to be a one year power purchase agreement.

“The shift towards competitive bidding has been discussed for many years. It has always remained a work in progress. The current minister (Suresh Prabhu) should be given due credit for executing the change and if the same kind of approach is taken in all the areas, it will help IR reduce its costs and compensate the burden of the 7th Pay Commission to an extent,” said Abhay Krishna Agarwal, Partner Infrastructure & PPP at EY.

Policy on Solar Capacity Panels in Indian Railways: MOSR

Solar powered TrainNew Delhi: Indian Railways have finalized a policy for harnessing solar energy on rooftops of Railway premises.

The policy provides for setting up solar power plants through developer mode with a long term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) by Railways.

In order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, it has been intended to expand sourcing of solar power as part of the Solar Mission of Indian Railways.

By generating electricity from solar panels, there will be proportionate reduction in consumption of fossil fuels.

As per the existing policy, rooftops of Railway premises including Railway Stations are planned to be utilized for setting up solar power panels.

As part of action plan for 2016-17, Zonal Railways have started the process of setting up of about 50 MW solar power plants.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 04.03.2016 (Friday).

Energy Audits in Non-Traction areas to reduce Energy consumption by 10% to 15%

Energy AuditNew Delhi: The Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu while presenting the Railway Budget 2016-17 in Parliament today said that Environment in the context of India’s commitment to reduce its carbon foot print, Indian Railways have undertaken energy audits which have revealed the possibility of reducing energy consumption in non-traction area by 10% to 15%. To achieve this, Indian Railways have decided that all new light provisions will be LED luminaire only and all Railway stations will be covered with LED luminaire in next 2 to 3 years.

Railway Minister added that an action plan has been drawn up for environmental accreditation, water management and waste to energy conversion. So far, more than 2,000 locations have been provided with Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) facility and RWH systems will be provided in a phased manner in all establishments having rooftop areas of more than 200 square metres. This comes from a realization that out of total potential of recycling around 250 million litres of water per day, Indian Railways only recycle 20 million litres.

Shri Suresh Prabhu also said that Indian Railway uses steel sleepers on steel bridges which have limitations on maintenance and attaining higher speeds. Hence, environmentally friendly composite sleepers made up of recycled plastic waste have been developed which will be used over all girder bridges.

Railway Minister added that to take forward, our Prime Minister’s vision of promoting Solar Power, Indian Railways had targeted commissioning of installed capacity of 1000 MW in next 5 years. Policy guidelines and tender documents for 50MW solar plants at rooftop have been issued and facility for another 100 MW is being set up. We have commissioned a 25 MW wind mill power plant at Jaisalmer and Indian Railways are working towards commissioning 132.5 MW in the next year. Railway Minister proposed to utilize our infrastructure at remotely located railway stations for installation of solar micro-grid on pilot basis which will not only provide clean and reliable power supply to railway stations, but will also facilitate energy access to nearby quarters and surrounding rural households.

Shri Suresh Prabhu also announced that Automatic coach washing plants will be commissioned in major coaching depots with a holding of more than 500 coaches for improved cleaning with reduced water consumption. Further, 32 stations and 10 coaching depots have been identified for installation of water recycling plants in the coming years.

Railway Minister also proposed to convert all production units as well as at least one workshop in each Zonal Railway as green industrial unit by obtaining relevant certification, good energy management, sourcing energy from renewables, water conservation, improved green cover and environment friendly management of waste.

Shri Suresh Prabhu also announced that in order to encourage active involvement by various Railway establishments towards environmental initiatives, Indian Railways have instituted a Shield on Environment for the best performing Zonal Railway or Production Unit.

Railway Minister inaugurates 26 MW Wind Mill in Jaisalmer

Our aim is to reduce the Energy Cost substantially and promote the use of Clean Energy. Wind Energy is Clean Energy,” said Suresh Prabhu during the inauguration of the Railways Wind Mill at Jaisalmer
Our aim is to reduce the Energy Cost substantially and promote the use of Clean Energy. Wind Energy is Clean Energy,” said Suresh Prabhu during the inauguration of the Railways Wind Mill at Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today dedicated the 26 MW wind mill plant installed at Kodiyasar village of Fatehgarh in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan to the nation. As a part of green initiative by the Railways, this wind mill plant has been set up by the Railway Energy Management Company Ltd (REMCL), a joint venture of Indian Railways and RITES Ltd, mandated to take green initiatives and power procurement for Railways. Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Prabhu emphasised the need to protect the environment, promoting sustainable development and reducing dependence on fossil fuel while rationalising the cost of fuel bills.

(File Photo) Union Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhu witnessing the awarding of contract for setting up 26 MW Windmill Project in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan between REMCL and INOX Wind Ltd., in New Delhi on 21th November, 2014
(File Photo) Union Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhu witnessing the awarding of contract for setting up 26 MW Windmill Project in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan between REMCL and INOX Wind Ltd., in New Delhi on 21th November, 2014

Railway Energy Management Co. Ltd (REMCL), a Joint Venture of Indian Railways & RITES Ltd has awarded the work contract to INOX Wind Ltd for the installation of 26 MW Windmill Farm in Jaisalmer Distt., Rajasthan. The Letter of Award of work was signed between REMCL and INOX Wind Ltd in presence of Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu, MOSR Sh. Manoj Sinha, Chairman Railway Board, Member-Engineering, Member-Electrical, Financial Commissioner ,Chairman-REMCL and CMD-RITES Ltd, Director-REMCL and Director Projects-RITES Ltd. & CEO-REMCL graced the occasion. Hon’ble Minister of Railways emphasized the need for taking up more of such renewable energy projects and their timely execution.

Inspection of Wind power plant site by REMCL officials during  the progress of erection stages
Inspection of Wind power plant site by REMCL officials during the progress of erection stages

This project was conceptualised by REMCL and RITES in 2014 during which occasion, Rajeev Mehrotra, Chairman-REMCL and CMD-RITES stated that this is the biggest renewable energy project of 26 MW windmills being installed for the captive consumption of Indian Railways and is expected to be completed within a period of 9 months from the date of laying the foundation stone, and further stated that similar windmill/solar projects of sizeable capacities are also in the pipeline.

Indian Railways has received accolades for its initiatives in preserving the environment by relying on energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy and announced that it would create ‘Green Curtains’ on a pilot basis at Agra and Jaipur stations. The aim is to build RCC boundary wall of suitable height along the railway boundary at an adequate distance, landscaping from the track to the wall and within station circulating area, while making arrangements to keep a watch to prevent defecation in the open and littering.

On successful completion of the project, the railways would urge the big corporates to become part of this programme at other stations and this would be part of their corporate social responsibility.

Municipalities and local bodies would help the big industrial houses in this green initiative. In order to maintain cleanliness in the coaches as well as on the railway tracks, a bio-toilet has been proposed and the technology has been introduced in about 2,500 coaches. In the near future, the plan would be implemented in more areas and coaches.

DMRC signs MoU with Solar Energy Corporation for 500 MWp Capacity Solar Power Plant

Delhi Metro and Solar Energy Corporation of India have decided to collaborate on taking up an ‘off site’ solar power project. A fresh Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with this objective was signed by the two organisations on Monday

DMRC SolarNew Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) will now jointly collaborate on taking up an ‘off site’ solar power project, to maximise the use of renewable energy, mitigate the impact of regular increase in grid tariffs and to reduce the carbon footprint.

A fresh Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with this objective was signed today in the presence of DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh and other senior officials from DMRC and SECI.

DMRC intends to take 1,000 MU annually from “offsite” renewable sources, through a one stop solution. As per the MoU, both the organisations shall collaborate for sourcing additional requirement of power by DMRC from other developers /generators not on DMRC sites within NCR region.

“The MoU is aimed to maximise the use of renewable energy, mitigate the impact of regular increase in grid tariffs and to reduce the carbon footprint. DMRC intends to take 1,000 million units (MU) annually from off-site renewable sources, through a one stop solution,” said a senior DMRC official. As per the MoU, both the organisations shall collaborate for sourcing additional requirement of power by DMRC from other developers or generators not on DMRC sites within the National Capital Region.

In the initial phase, 500 MWp capacity of ground mounted solar power projects within a duration of three years is targeted. Both DMRC and SECI shall jointly develop an ‘Action Plan’ to source solar power on mutually agreed terms and conditions, from sources other than solar power generated on DMRC sites.

The whole process of tendering and conducting bidding process / e-auction shall be conducted by SECI. DMRC shall enter into Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Developer as may be decided by DMRC out of the names selected and forwarded after the whole tendering process by SECI.

In order to carry out the above mentioned ambitious project, DMRC and SECI will constitute a Joint Development Team (JDT) which will consist of senior officials from both the organisations. The Joint Development Team shall decide the ACTION PLAN in achieving the objective of DMRC in the best manner possible through collaboration with SECI.

As per the MoU, both the companies have also decided to extend the understanding incorporated in an earlier MoU dated 17th Sep 2013 and further collaborate for the development of Solar PV Projects (ground mounted, rooftop and other possible modes) at identified DMRC sites.

SCR bags record Seven National Energy Conservation Awards

Secunderabad: South Central Railway attained yet another important mile stone in its performance efficiency sphere, by bagging a record seven National Energy Conservation Awards for the year 2014-15 awarded by Ministry of Power, Govt. of India. It is for the first time that SCR has won seven awards in one year, out of a total of twenty four awards received by the Indian Railways.

Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy presented one of the awards received by SCR i.e, First Prize Shield in Office Buildings Sector (awarded to Centralised Training Academy for Railway Accounts- C-TARA, Secunderabad) to Shri Ravindra Gupta, General Manager, SCR at a glittering function held yesterday i.e., 14th December, 2015 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The award was bestowed to C-TARA for registering a significant 24.75% savings in the consumption of electrical energy in the year 2014-15 as compared to the previous year 2013-14.

Yet another award presented to SCR at the function, was the second prize in General Category Sector awarded to Kazipet Pump House. This award was received by Shri Solan Gupta, Chief Electrical Engineer, SCR at the hands of Shri Piyush Goyal. The Pump House achieved a saving in consumption of energy to the extent of 37.93% in 2014-15 in comparison to the previous year 2013-14.

NECA Awards SCR3SCR’s other five prizes are Certificate of Merit in

  • Sheepmandi Pump House in General Category Sector with an energy saving of 21.90% .
  • Kacheguda Railway Station in Railway Stations Sector with an energy conservation of 27.28%.
  • Sanchalan Bhavan, Divisional Railway Manager’s Office Building, Secunderabad Division in Office Buildings Sector with an energy conservation of 22%.
  • Central Hospital, Lallaguda, Secunderabad in Hospitals Sector with an energy saving of 16.56%.
  • Zonal Railway Training Institute/Moula Ali, Hyderabad in Universities & Engineering Institutions Building Sector with an energy conservation of 19.81%.

The important factor for determining the energy efficiency is Specific Energy Consumption i.e., “kWh/sq.m.” for office / hospital / institution buildings and railway stations & “kWh/liter” for pumps.

During the year 2014-15, SCR saved 8.56 lakh units of electricity amounting to Rs.68.91 lakhs. The reduction has been possible by implementing various energy conservation measures i.e., use of renewal energy source (solar energy) at railway stations, service buildings / pumps etc; use of star labelled electrical equipments, LED based lighting, use of energy efficient pumps, automation of pumps, energy efficient / lower wattage fittings in place of higher wattage fittings, timers for water coolers / lighting circuits / high masts etc; energy savers for AC units / pumps and occupancy sensors in service  buildings etc.

Delhi Metro to Commission four Solar Power Plants

DMRC Solar PlantsNew Delhi: In a bid to enhance its solar power generation, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is planning to commission four new plants at its various stations.

DMRC officials said three of the new solar panel systems will come up on the Yellow Line (Samaypur Badli-Huda City Centre) at MG Road, Sikanderpur and Guru Dronacharya stations, whereas the fourth one will be on the Violet Line (ITO-Escorts Mujesar) at Sarai metro station.

The plants coming up on the Yellow Line will be of 50kW each and the one at Sarai metro station in the Faridabad section will be of 198kW, the DMRC officials said.

“The three systems on the Yellow line are being installed and the fourth one is ready for commissioning,” said an official.

The metro is also augmenting its installed capacity at the Yamuna Bank metro station, which also has a depot.

Apart form the existing 1500kW system at Yamuna Bank, two additional sets have been installed of 225kW and 100kW each at the depot and the station respectively.

So far, all agencies in the national Capital, put together, have an installed solar power capacity of only about 7MW, out of which 3.2MW is being generated by the DMRC alone.

Under the ongoing Phase-III plan, and subsequently in Phase-IV, the DMRC is planning to make every station self-sustaining to some extent with the help of solar energy.

As of now, the Delhi Metro’s total power requirement is 150MW, which is expected to increase to 250MW once Phase-III is operational. “Our target is to have an installed capacity of 20MW by 2016 and by 2021 it has to go up to 50MW,” said a senior DMRC official.

The DMRC has been looking to switch to solar power as its power bills have been increasing rapidly over the last few years.

Since it falls under the non-domestic and non-residential category of consumers, it has to pay a significantly higher tariff for the electricity consumed.

Railway Chair on Sustainable Mobility at TERI Varsity

teri versityNew Delhi:  Pitching for green energy and innovative solutions for efficient technology management, railways has set up a Chair on sustainable mobility at TERI University here.

Indian Railways Chair for Sustainable Mobility would focus and promote research on issues of sustainable mobility, use of energy efficient technology and green energy initiatives by the Railways and would facilitate research into finding innovative solutions to these issues.

The Chair would also focus on research in various aspects of railways that has emerged as crucial mode of transport to achieve sustainable development in the country, according to a MoU signed today in presence of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu here.

The university would aim for imparting knowledge and enriching professionals in all aspects of sustainability with a multi-dimensional perspective relevant to railways.

The Chair is expected to involve itself into issues of sustainable development especially relevant to the rail infrastructure, use of energy efficient technology and green energy initiatives of the Railways and to research into finding innovative solutions to these.

It should lend strength to the ongoing research and teaching and should open new vistas of research in the field of rail transport.

Kolkata Metro turns to Non-Conventional Sources of Energy to cut down Costs

Kolkata MetroKolkata: With its electricity bill responsible for nearly 15% of the annual ordinary working expenses, Metro Railway is turning to non-conventional sources of power to bring down costs. After Mumbai, Kolkata is the most expensive, so far as power tariff charged from the metro is concerned. Metro Railway purchases power from CESC at Rs 7.20 per unit and consumes 300,000 units per day. While the Mumbai metro pays Rs 8.91 per unit, the rates are Rs 6.10 and Rs 4.80 in Delhi and Bengaluru respectively. One of the reasons for the metro’s proposing a fare restructuring is the high cost of power in Kolkata.

“We are taking several initiatives to ‘Go Green’. While we have started tapping solar energy wherever possible, we are also introducing more efficient equipment to conserve energy. The idea is to bring down expenses and protect the environment. Metro is eco-friendly as it doesn’t use fossil fuel directly but power plants do. As there is shortage of space, the emphasis is on setting up small capacity roof-top solar plants. Two solar plants of of 10 and 20 kWp have already been commissioned. They have generated 3,217 units of power in 2014-15 and brought down costs by Rs 22,183. Two more 10 kWp solar power plants will be commissioned in this financial year. The four plants together will generate 5,500 units resulting in savings of Rs 37,000 annually. This may sound modest but it is a good start,” said Indrani Banerjee, SrPRO, Metro Railway.

In addition to this, larger solar power plants have been planned on roofs. The two 50kWp plants will be installed at Dumdum and Noapara in 2016-17. The metro has also set up a 300 litres/day capacity solar water heater at Noapara carshed. In 2014-15, it saved 3,000 units of power and cut Rs 20,500 from the electricity bill. In this financial year, two more solar water heaters of 500 litres/day capacity each will be commissioned. The three plants will help the metro save 13,000 units of power. The electricity bill is expected to come down by nearly Rs 89,500 after this commissioning.

“We are also procuring energy-efficient equipment. All new rakes will have 3-phase technology and 3-phase induction motors. In existing rakes, DC motors are used. In DC motors, during braking, energy is wasted in the resistors, resulting in loss of energy and generation of heat. Electric braking to very low speed is possible in 3-phase technology, resulting in improvement of operational efficiency and reduction of maintenance efforts as the wear rate of wheel and brake shoes is lower. In 3-phase technology, electrical power can be returned to the third rail during braking. This is known as regenerative technology. Due to improved power factor and regeneration, energy saving to the tune of 20-30% can be expected,” an official said.

Railways to Commission 26 mw Wind Mill at Jaisalmer today

Railways WindmillJaisalmer: With the aim of creating a “green corridor” in Bharatpur-Kota rail section, railways will commission a 26 MW wind mill plant in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan tomorrow.

Railways, one of the biggest consumers of energy, has set up the wind mill plant in Rajasthan to generate 50 million units of electricity per year.

The electricity generated from the plant will be utilised for powering three traction substations – Bharatpur, Hindaun and Ramganj Mandi in Bharatpur-Kota section of Delhi-Mumbai trunk route which will now be the first railway green corridor, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

The project, the biggest renewable energy initiative by the national transporter, is being set up at an estimated cost of about Rs 150 crore.

The plant has been established by Railway Energy Management Company (REMC), a joint venture of railways and RITES.

Harnessing green power, railways is planning to source 1000 MW solar power over the next five years besides establishing a 132 MW wind mill plants by REMC.

Earlier, railways had established its first windmill plant of 10.5 MW capacity at a cost of about Rs 65 crore in Tamil Nadu in 2009. It has generated over 120 million units of electricity since its commission.

As per the plan, railways is also using bio-diesel as energy mix so that long term dependence on fossil fuel can be reduced.

Delhi Division trying to put its Carbon Footprints to Bare Minimum

Green Rlys carbon footprintNew Delhi: The Delhi division of the Northern Railway handles a fleet of 650 passenger trains and caters to nearly nine lakh passengers daily.

While managing operations at this scale is challenging enough, the division is trying to keep its carbon footprint to a bare minimum.

From CNG-run trains to bio-toilets, solar panels on train rooftops, plantation drives, and LED lights at stations, the division is doing its fair share to go green.

The Delhi division has introduced CNG-run trains on four sections: Shamli-Delhi, Rohtak-Rewari, Delhi-Kurukshetra, and Delhi Sarai-Farrukhnagar. “The effort to convert railway engines to CNG has been pioneered by the Northern Railway. Its diesel shed at Shakurbasti carried out structural changes in one of the existing driving-powered coaches to convert it to CNG-diesel mode,” said a Northern Railway spokesperson.

Apart from solar power plants at stations and offices, the Northern Railway has installed solar panels on rooftops, with one prototype already in operation.

The Delhi division has started afforestation in railway land wherever possible including a Bougainvillea plantation done between the New Delhi and Tilak Bridge stations. The initiative is not only eco-friendly, but also deters people from throwing filth on railway land.

The division has also installed 750 bio-toilets in 260 coaches this year. These toilets have tanks containing anaerobic bacteria beneath the lavatory that converts human waste into water and gas. The division is also planning to carry out water audits to assess consumption and wastage of water at stations like New Delhi, Delhi junction, and Hazrat Nizamuddin. A one million per day waste water recycling plant is under construction at the New Delhi Washing Line Complex. The recycled water would be used for washing and horticulture purposes.

Meanwhile, LED lights are being fitted in train coaches to improve illumination and reduce energy consumption. LED lights have also been installed at tower lighting, platform lighting, foot over-bridges, service building, conference halls, hospitals, schools, and street lighting under Delhi division.

IR to float Green Bonds to Fund its Clean Energy projects

Indian Railways have undertaken a series of clean energy projects like setting up solar and wind energy plants and waste to energy plants to reduce its dependence on conventional energy

irfc tax free bondsIndian Railways is considering to float green bonds, a first of its kind by the public transporter, to fund its clean energy projects.

We may look at issuing green bonds in order to fund clean energy and energy efficiency focused initiatives in railways, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Indian Railways have undertaken a series of clean energy projects like setting up solar and wind energy plants and waste to energy plants to reduce its dependence on conventional energy.

The details of the green bonds are being worked out and it will be announced in due course, he said.

The environment-friendly sustainable development projects are aimed to reduce carbon emission to mitigate adverse impact on environment, the official said.

While rooftops of many trains and station buildings are being used for solar panels, some coaches and platforms are currently illuminated with solar power.

There is a plan to use the solar energy for traction purpose also, the official added.

Railway Ministry is moving away from Gross Budgetary Support (GBS), the Centre’s financial assistance, and is exploring innovative financing models to fund priority projects.

Railways received Rs 2000 crore as loan from LIC as part of its MoU for construction of doubling and electrification of some busy routes.

Railways had signed MoU with LIC for Rs 1.5 lakh crore loan over five years period.

In its bid to cut down the huge energy bill of about Rs 33,000 crore, railways is also trying to get power at cheaper rate through bidding process.

We are completing the process of selecting the successful bidder for its plan to source 585 MW power through competitive bidding.

About 44 firms has responded to the Railway request for qualification (RFQ) for supply of 585 MW power.

Railways is doing away with its earlier practice of sourcing electricity through distribution utilities.

Katra solar project to save INR 1 crore Energy Bill for Railways

Pitching for green power, the Railways have set up 1 megawatt solar power plant at Katra station, a move that can save up to Rs 1 crore annually

Katra Rail Station SolarNew Delhi: Pitching for green power, the Railways have set up 1 megawatt solar power plant at Katra station, a move that can save up to Rs 1 crore annually on energy bills and also significant reduction of carbon dioxide at rail premises.

In keeping with the motto of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ for sustainable development and as a significant way to thwart climate change impact, we have been undertaking several green initiatives including the installation of the 1 megawatt solar power plant at Katra station, said a senior Northern Railway official.

The solar project was commissioned in March this year and presently, out of 5,000 units produced daily by the plant, only 1,700 to 1,800 units are utilized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway Station, whereas 3,200 to 3,300 units are exported to Power Development Department of Jammu and Kashmir government, he said.

The 1 MW solar power plant consists of 300 KW installed on platform 2/3, 550 KW on platform 1, 100 KW on rooftop of the station building and 50 KW on pathway shelter.

The accrued benefit envisaged was reduction of 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide per annum and a saving of Rs 1 crore per annum on energy bills to the Railways, the official said.

In keeping with its objective to resort to more eco-friendly measures, Northern Railway has also installed a 25 kb power Solar Energy Panel at Gurgaon station as well as installation of solar power panels at Bahadurgarh railway station, Diwana (near Panipat) and at Divisional Control Building in DRM office at New Delhi.

“As the use of solar power is a reliable source of energy, it has been decided to undertake a steady pursuit meeting energy needs through a planned green agenda. Now solar panels will be installed at more stations,” said the official.

While inaugurating the Udhampur-Katra railway line of Kashmir rail link project on July 4, 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had directed to provide solar power plant at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway Station as a green energy initiative to be a part of national solar mission.

The use of solar power is also envisaged to cut diesel and electricity consumption on trains while reducing load requirements at station premises and railway buildings.

We meet most of our Electricity requirement through self-gen Captive Power Plants: Takeshi Tsuyoshi, GM/JR East

Shinkanshen HSR Power PlantGuess what? The $23-billion East Railway Japan Company (JR East), which runs the Shinkansen or high speed rail network and metropolitan and regional rail services in Japan, meets most of its electricity requirement through self generation, Takeshi Tsuyoshi, General Manager, International Department, JR East, told.

JR East, which provides services in the eastern part of Japan, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, supplies 56 per cent of its electricity requirement from its own stable, with the remaining being purchased from outside.

Also, in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, the entire electricity used by JR East is self-produced.

This strategy has important lessons for Indian Railways, which faces high fuel cost and has been trying for long to set up captive power plants.

JR East revenue

JR East gets 67 per cent revenue from transportation services, with the remaining coming from non-rail businesses such as shopping centres, offices, hotels, restaurants offices, fitness clubs and even kindergartens in the stations.

From the transportation revenue, JR East gets 30 per cent from the high speed network, 66 per cent from the conventional lines in Tokyo Metropolitan area and four per cent from other conventional lines.

JR East makes about 15 per cent profits from in its railway and non railway business each. While the company has not been getting any subsidy from local and central government since 1987, when its was privatised, Tsuyoshi shared that prior to 1987, the government provided funds for building the infrastructure while these companies invested in the rolling stock such as trains.

High speed trains

For the expansion lines after privatisation, JR East has been ploughing back its profits from the transport operations to the new areas. “Not all sections are profitable. Some sections (more crowded ones) are profitable, which the newer ones take time to generate profits,” Tsuyoshi, who was visiting India to participate in a CII Rail Equipment conference, said.

Tsuyoshi also shared that not all high speed trains can run on the entire 7,458 km of JR East network. Of the 7,458 km of network, 1,470 km is Shinkansen or high speed network. However, there are some high speed trains which can run on both the HSR and conventional tracks.

Partnering with India

Japan has been pitching its high speed railway technology to India based on the fact that it is the “safest high speed railway system in the world and has recorded zero fatalities.” Japan International Cooperation Agency with India has completed the feasibility study for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed section in July this year.

For high speed trains, from starting land acquisition to commercial run, the process takes about 15 years, said Tsuyoshi. JR East has offered to transfer technology for construction, operations and management for high speed rail systems.

Mumbai Suburban Rail network to get cheaper power from Dabhol Plant

Mumbai: Cheaper power is in store for the suburban railway network, a move that may ultimately help make the loss-making services a profitable venture.

The railways has also begun saving power because of the DC-AC conversion on the western and central lines. The monetary saving has been about Rs.120 crore annually.

The Ratnagiri Gas and Power Pvt Ltd (RGPPL), popularly known as the Dabhol project, is slated to extend 500 MW to the railways from November 1, and nearly 250 MW of the supply is likely to be used t operate the suburban network.

The state cabinet on Tuesday agreed to grant special concessions to RGPPL to help start power generation. The allocations are to come under the Centre’s power system development fund.

While the per unit cost of power the railways today gets is Rs 7.50, the RGGPL electricity will cost Rs.5 to 5.50 per unit.

A 1,967 MW capacity plant at RGPPL is completely shut in the absence of gas and naphtha. The decision of the cabinet will pave the way for cheaper gas allocation to the plant.

Weighty Challenge: Solar Powered Coaches will have to rework Coach Weight

Solar powred train coachChennai: The Integral Coach Factory’s (ICF) trials, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, with solar powered coaches have been successful, but has now thrown open another weighty challenge.

The solar panels, while generating enough electricity to power a non-air-conditioned coach, are also creating a problem of adding to the deadweight of the coach. This means that coaches with the panels will have to be redesigned and engineered to ensure that the weight of the coach does not go up.

“We have received the report from IISc. We are taking a further call on it. The solar panels, however, add to the weight of the coach. Some framework is required to mount the panel on the roof. Without adding extra weight, we have to see how to bring power to the coach,” an ICF official told.

In June, the Railways rolled out its first solar panel-enabled coach that generated about 17 units of power in a day to enable the lighting system in the coach on the Rewari-Sitapur passenger train. The department has plans to generate about 1,000 MW in the next five years. Through this plan, the Railways hopes to reduce the amount of electricity it draws from the grid.

However, mass production of solar powered coaches will be viable when the issue of the deadweight is solved. “We can have batteries to store the solar power generated during the day, but that will require a large number of batteries which will once again add to the deadweight,” the official pointed out. “The panels can be embedded on the roof itself. But, it will require extensive design change in the roof. A commercially viable solution is required,” the official added.

Some framework is required to mount the panel on the roof

IGBC to develop Star-Rating system for Railway Stations; to push Go Green concept

IGBC expects stations from Gujarat to be selected for the pilot project that will be carried out for this new rating system

New Delhi: Now Railway Stations in India will go green. In the next six months, the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) will be coming up with a star-rating system for 400 railway stations that have been identified to be redeveloped by the Modi-government. “We are working with the Ministry of Railways to develop special rating system for 400 stations. This will ensure that these stations go green,” Dr P C Jain, chairman of IGBC, said here on Monday.

“These rating systems, which we plan to develop in the next six months, will be applicable to existing railway stations in Gujarat and other parts of the country. So we are very hopeful that in the next one year these stations will turn into an experience for the travellers,” said Jain, who was here to announce that the 13th edition of the IGBC’s Green Building Congress will held at Gandhinagar in November and will see Union ministers like Suresh Prabhu and Union Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu in attendance.

Delhi Metro Rail Corp MD Mangu Singh (R) receives IGBC’s Platinum Rating from its Chairperson PC Jain for adhering to Green Building norms for all the stations on its Faridabad corridor, in New Delhi (subject based representational image)
Delhi Metro Rail Corp MD Mangu Singh (R) receives IGBC’s Platinum Rating from its Chairperson PC Jain for adhering to Green Building norms for all the stations on its Faridabad corridor, in New Delhi (subject based representational image)

Under the project to redevelop and transform 400 railway stations into energy saving, “green” entities, there is a plan to fix the roof of the railway stations with solar photovoltaic panels which will generate electricity, install LED lights, provide added ventilation, cleaner toilets and rainwater harvesting systems.

IGBC expects stations from Gujarat to be selected for the pilot project that will be carried out for this new rating system. Jain said that the project to help railway stations go green will be partly funded by the state government and the central government. “Some of the money for the project will also be coming from countries like Sweden and Switzerland as long term loan,” Jain said adding that he had no idea about the quantum of the loan.

Jain said some of metro stations in Delhi have already going green. “We are working with DMRC very closely. We have already identified 102 metro stations in Delhi which are all going green. Now we are working with them to see that an additional 200 metro stations in Delhi also turn green.”

Recently, Prime Minister Narenda Modi had inaugurated about nine stations on the Badarpur-Faridabad stretch of the Delhi Metro which are partially run on solar energy, have rainwater harvesting systems, sewage treatment plants and other energy saving equipment.

Talking about the IGBC Green Bulding Congress which will be held on November 19-21 at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Sameer Sinha, the head of Gujarat chapter of IGBC said that the event will see about 2000 participants and will be the biggest event in South Asia on green buildings.

Solar Power panels atop Train Coaches can save 11 Crore Litres of Diesel, reduce 3 Lakh Tons of Carbondioxide Emissions: IISc Scientists

Chennai: Fitting a solar panel module on the roof of a railway coach can yield more than 7,200 units of electricity every year. If implemented on all 63,511 coaches in the Railways, 450 million units of power can be harnessed resulting in savings of 10.8 crore litres of diesel and reduction of carbon dioxide emission by approximately 3 lakh tonnes.

These are the findings of a pilot field research conducted by a team of scientists from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, who travelled on a solar-panel fitted LHB (Linke Hoffman Busch) coach, a latest German technology bogie, which was attached to the Chennai-Coimbatore, Chennai-Mysore Shatabdi and Chennai-Bangalore Double Decker Express trains on different days during June 24-July 2. The research was carried out to assess the feasibility and viability of generating electricity on a moving train from solar panels fitted on the rooftops of trains and the impact of factors like sunshine, train speed, number of halts, track curves, etc.

Power on TrackThe pilot study was carried out in a ‘worst-case scenario’, i.e. during the onset of the Southwest monsoon on railway routes with low sunshine due to clouds or rainfall. Hence the electricity generation in places and seasons of harsher sunshine would give a greater yield, thereby projecting a figure bigger than what was arrived at in this study.

The coach could generate a maximum of 1.8 units of electricity per day, according to the research findings. This was extrapolated to a scenario where 24 such panels (12X2 module) could be retrofitted on the coach.

Thus, the resulting yield was assessed to be 18-20 units per day. The figures for yearly savings have been arrived at by assuming that the coach would be in operation for 365 days a year in the report, though the industry standard is 330 days.

The study was done on the Shatabdi Express as it has minimum stoppages; however, the team wanted to measure the power yield at lower speeds and hence the Double Decker Express train was chosen. The team also reported on a number of practical factors which contributed to fluctuations in electricity generation during all the trial runs. A static trial was also carried out at the Basin Bridge yard here to compare the parameters with the dynamic trial.

The study is significant in the context of the shift by the Railways from conventional coaches to German technology LHB rakes, which have better safety features. For operation of electrical appliances inside an LHB coach, power supply from the End on Generation (EOG) system (a generator) is needed, which consumes 0.25 litres of diesel to generate 1 unit of electricity. If every LHB rake is fitted with 12X2 Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) module, it would result in huge energy savings as well as cut environmental pollution caused by burning diesel.

The study findings could be used to manufacture and design many such Solar Rail Coaches on a large-scale which could significantly bring down the price of the solar panels and operational costs. In addition, with increased interest in the field of solar energy research, an advancement in technology raised the possibility of a yield greater than what was obtained during the field trials, resulting in greater diesel savings and an effective solution for reduced emissions. Railway officials noted that implementation of the project on a wider scale could provide a fillip to the domestic solar panel manufacturing industry in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Ahead of COP-21 Climate Change Meet, Railway Ministry bracing for Green initiatives campaign

COP 21New Delhi: Ahead of the Conference of Parties (COP)-21 climate change meeting in Paris in November, where countries will submit their Intended Nationally Determined Commitments (INDCs) for reducing energy intensity, the rail ministry is working on a massive media campaign to highlight the rail sector’s efforts at battling climate change under the directions of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

More than 200 countries will meet in Paris in December under the aegis of the United Nations and try to hammer out a deal to slow human-induced climate change by agreeing to keep temperatures below a ceiling of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. India, which is expected to release its INDC for Paris later this month, is one of the few large economies not to commit to a “peak year” for its carbon emissions.

The rail ministry’s campaign will kick-off in the second week of November and focus on multiple areas including throughput enhancement efforts which augment carrying capacity, solar energy initiatives, savings in traction and non-traction energy use, bio-toilets and water conservation. Railway Board Chairman AK Mital has directed General Managers (GMs) of the 17 railway zones to be prepared for the campaign that will be aimed at both domestic and international audience.

Mital has told the GMs Prime Minister Narendra Modi has desired that India’s efforts on dealing with climate change and other green initiatives should be highlighted and showcased in the run-up to the COP. All the ministries have been asked to bring out booklets, brochures and short video films providing a snapshot of the environmental and green sustainability initiatives of the ministries including their Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).

“As railways are an environmentally sustainable mode of transport and have been playing a key role in saving energy and protecting environment, we should launch an effective media campaign targeted at domestic as well as international audience during the second week of November,” Mital has told the GMs.

The ministry has asked the Advisor of its Environment and Health Management directorate to co-ordinate the campaign from the railway board. Each zonal railway and railway PSU will appoint a nodal officer who will provide inputs to the ministry before 25 September.

Bio-Diesel to account for 5% of total Diesel Consumption in the Railways

Indian Railways has a few locomotives running on biodiesel. The WDM7 series of locomotives runs on a blend of Jatropha oil and diesel
Indian Railways has a few locomotives running on biodiesel. The WDM7 series of locomotives runs on a blend of Jatropha oil and diesel

Chennai (MAS): Southern Railway has decided to use bio-diesel in a big way in its fleet of diesel locomotives to reduce fuel consumption and cut down its oil bill.

Towards this direction, the railway authorities will soon put in place requisite facility near the Diesel Loco Shed in Tiruchi to store huge quantity of bio-diesel for use in diesel locomotives.

Southern Railway officials are in talks with the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) for establishing a huge tank to store bio-diesel at the shed here and laying pipelines for fuelling.

The plan was to use 5 per cent of bio –diesel for the diesel locos belonging to the Southern Railway zone, railway sources told.

A bio-diesel tank with a 20 kilo-litre storage capacity is proposed to be set up initially close to the railway consumer depots adjoining the shed homing different types of diesel locomotives.

S.C. Railway joins the race - gets first Bio-diesel Engine on World Environment Day
S.C. Railway joins the race – gets first Bio-diesel Engine on World Environment Day (file photo)

Once the tank is established and the requisite pipelines were laid, five per cent bio-diesel would begin to be used in all diesel locomotives which come for refuelling at the Diesel Loco Shed and at the Tiruchi Goods Yard, a senior Southern Railway official said.

The IOC has laid pipelines connecting the Diesel Loco Shed and the Tiruchi Goods Yard where the refuelling takes place currently.

The bio-diesel tank and the pipelines are expected to be completed by this month or latest by October, the sources said and added that a 70 kilo-litre bio-diesel tank would be put in place later at the shed.

Bio-diesel would be used for different variants of diesel locomotives, including the ‘Alco’ type loco which is the main stay of the Indian Railway as well as in the high horse power EMD locos which can chug at a speed of 120 kmph.

The fuel tank capacity of the diesel locomotives varies as per the type and could store diesel ranging from 5,000 litres to 6,000 litres.

AGM/SCR inagurating the 1st Bio-Diesel facility at RCD, Sanathnagar Depot (File Photo)
AGM/SCR inagurating the 1st Bio-Diesel facility at RCD, Sanathnagar Depot (File Photo)

The whole idea of using bio-diesel is to conserve high-speed diesel being used in diesel locomotives, the officer said and added that it would enable the railways to make substantial savings in its fuel bill. In addition to Tiruchi shed, necessary facility was being created near the Diesel Loco Shed at Erode falling under the Salem Railway Division to store bio-diesel, the sources said.

The over 30-year-old Tiruchi Diesel Loco Shed accommodates over 100 diesel locomotives including 45 high horsepower EMD locomotives.

The Netherlands will have 100% Wind-Powered Rail Network by 2018

The Netherlands has an ambitious new energy goal. The country wants its entire electric rail system to run on 100% wind power within three years. The railway system in The Netherlands will be 100 per cent powered by renewable energy by 2018.

Wind RailThe firms that run the railway system across the country will move the entire network over to wind power in the next three years, according to media reports.

Dutch energy company Eneco and the VIVENS rail companies signed a deal to make Dutch electric trains within Netherlands Railways run entirely on energy produced by wind farms. Wind farms already supply half of the 1,800-mile, 1.5kV DC network’s energy-a network that carries 1.2 million passengers a day.

The wind power will come from within the Netherlands, as well as Belgium and some Scandinavian nations; part of the objective is to promote increased renewable energy adoption in other European countries.

Wind power already covers over half of the network’s energy needs and Eneco aims to source source the remaining capacity from the Netherlands and neighbouring countries by 2018.

Eneco account manager Michel Kerkhof said: “What makes this contract and partnership unique is that a whole sector decreases its CO2 footprint enormously and sets an example for other sectors to follow,.”

Kerkhof added: “Mobility is responsible for 20 per cent of CO2 emissions in the Netherlands, and if we want to keep travelling, it is important that we do this without burdening the environment with CO2 and particulate matter. This contract offers all Dutch citizens the option to make a climate neutral trip, regardless of distance.”

The railway covers about 2,890 km and the network is used by approximately 1.2 million passengers per day.

As part of the agreement, Eneco will provide 1.4 terawatt hours (TWh) of wind power capacity by 2018, which roughly equates to the amount of energy consumed by all households in Amsterdam.

About half of the total required capacity is expected to come from sources in Scandinavia and other neighbouring regions, with the rest produced in the Netherlands.

Eneco has used specially built wind farms for the project to avoid putting existing applications under added pressure and to keep costs down.

Wind Rail TracksThe railway operators are also making energy efficiency savings by developing innovative train designs and driving techniques to keep demand for energy as low as possible.

Kerkhof said: “This partnership ensures that new investments can be made in even newer wind farms, which will increase the share of renewable energy. In this way, the Dutch railways aim to reduce the greatest negative environmental impact caused by CO2 in such a way that its demand actually contributes to the sustainable power generation in the Netherlands and Europe.”

In the last few years, wind power has seen rapid growth in adoption worldwide. According to theInternational Energy Council, the land-based wind power installation rate has gone up around 24% annually every year since 2000. The council predicts that if world governments stick to plan, wind power could account for 18% of all energy production globally.

Back in the Netherlands, Eneco says it also entered a 10-year deal with Google to make its data center in the northern part of the country totally powered by wind farm energy as well.

Indian Railways to introduce 500 Solar Panel fitted Trains

A lot of latest innovations are being brought in the system with the directives of the Railway Minister who is determined to change the way the IR works

solar powered train indiaNew Delhi: Indian Railways may introduce 500 trains with solar panel fitted coaches. Reports that the ministry of new and renewable energy could subsidize the project cost. The national transporter had run a pilot project with a specially outfitted coach earlier this year to study the feasibility of such an initiative.

The energy generated by the solar panels is likely to be used solely to meet illumination and air flow requirements in the bogies.

The report does not detail whether the project would also have storage mechanisms coupled with the panels to power devices in the absence of sunlight.

The railways already have a plan to install solar power capacity of 500 megawatts on rooftops of railway stations.

IR solar powered trainsIt is part of the organization’s target to meet 10 percent of its energy requirements from renewable sources by 2020.

And it has signed four agreements with the ministries of power and renewable energy toward this purpose last month.

On average, Indian Railways is seeing 5 percent increase in energy consumption annually. In the year ended March 31, the railways had a power bill of Rs12,500 crore.

Recently the railway network of The Netherlands, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, announced that it will be operating its entire rolling stock on wind power by 2018.

SunEdison installs Solar systems on DMRC’s Badarpur-Faridabad Line

The Delhi Metro is set to become the first metro in the country to build and use roof top solar power plants at its stations
The Delhi Metro is set to become the first metro in the country to build and use roof top solar power plants at its stations

New Delhi: SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the largest global renewable energy development company, today announced the successful installation and operation of eight solar systems for India’s Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

The Badarpur-Faridabad metro line, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, “is the first metro line in the DMRC network to integrate solar into the design of the buildings”, SunEdison said.

The newly finished Badarpur-Faridabad line is the first metro line in the DMRC network to integrate solar into the design of the buildings. The solar systems are built on the roofs of the stations and depot and are expected to generate 1.9 megawatts (MW) of clean, reliable, and cost effective solar power.

“Millions of people rely on the Delhi Metro each day and by installing SunEdison’s solar system in eight of the metro lines, we are excited that these commuters will be able to benefit from a clean and reliable source of electricity,” said Pashupathy Gopalan, SunEdison’s president of Asia-Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa. “These systems took only two months to build and will generate electricity for the metro line for 25 to 30 years with little maintenance cost.”

A DMRC representative commented: “The solar plants on the rooftops of the Faridabad line represent our commitment to clean energy, and to bringing the best technology and expertise to support our network. We thank SunEdison for their work on these plants, and look forward to working with them again.”

Solar Panels DMRCThe solar systems are expected to generate 2.5 gigawatt-hours of electricity a year, and avoid the emission of 1,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent of taking 363 cars off the road or preventing more than 800 metric tons of coal from being burned.

SunEdison is building similar solar power plants generating 1.7 MW at the rail company’s Yamuna Bank station and Yamuna Bank yard. Operation and maintenance of the solar power plants will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services.

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IR takes aggressive steps to cut Power costs; plans to purchase Power via Competitive Bidding

New Delhi: Indian Railways (IR) expects to save nearly Rs 2,500 Crore annually during the next three years as it plans to procure 1,060 MW of power through the competitive bidding route for the first time, a move that will do away with the established practice of procuring power from state-owned distribution companies.

IR Power TransmissionThe national transporter consumed nearly 17.5 billion units of electricity last fiscal at an average cost of Rs 7 per unit.

However, it hopes to realise a much lower rate of nearly Rs.5 per unit from the bidding process for about one-third of its requirement of 6 billion units.

“The Central Electrical Authority had advised us to procure energy in a phased manner, hence we have initiated the process; we are aiming at reducing our energy cost in a big way through competitive bidding,” a source in Railway Energy Management Company (REMCL) said. He added that this process could lead to a reduction of 20% in the energy bill which stood at Rs.12,500 crore in FY15.

According to the notice issued, the national transporter is looking to procure 440 MW for the western region, 350 MW for the eastern region, 220 MW for the northern region and 50 MW for the north-central region. It has opted to go for three-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) as it looks to test the market before delving into long-term PPAs in the future.

“The procurement for three years not only provides us with a testing ground as we are floating tenders for competitive bidding for the first time but in our analysis, medium-term procurement is ideal for low-cost power as it eliminates some of the risk and uncertainty involved in fuel price for the in the long run,” the source quoted above said.

The exercise, however, is likely to face stiff resistance from the states which do not want to lose a high revenue-generating client. An industry source said that NTPC had tried to enter into an agreement with the railways to supply power a few years ago but the thermal power producer had to abandon its plans due to objections raised by the states.

Besides going for competitive bidding, the railways has also started investing in captive power plants, the first of which in Nabinagar, Bihar will be commissioned in the first half of 2016. The coal-based power plant will initially produce 250 MW and will be ramped up to produce 1,000 MW on completion. The cost of the the power plant is pegged at approximately R5.350 crore and 90% of the electricity produced will be consumed by IR through an interstate transmission system. According to the policy decided by the ministry of power, it is mandatory for the IR to have a minimum 26% stake in the captive power plant and it is mandated to procure more than 51% of the power produced.

“We are also looking at setting up a captive power plant in Adra, West Bengal which will have a capacity of 1,320 MW but we will only go for it after a coal linkage is setup for the project,” the source said.

The technical bid for a 50-MW tender has been finalised and the financial bid is set to open on September 7 this year.

As for the 1,010-MW tender, the railways has postponed the technical bid from August 27 to September 18 this fiscal year.

Delhi Metro bags top Award for harnessing Solar Power in Metro stations, Depots

New Delhi: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has bagged the top spot for highest capacity installation of solar power plants in stations and depots across its vast network.

Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal handed over the award to officials of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) at a ceremony held in Bengaluru on the first foundation day of Association of Renewable Energy Agencies of States (AREAS) on 27 August.

AREAS is an initiative of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) in consultation with State Nodal Agencies for renewable energy, was formed and registered as a society last year.

As part of DMRC’s ‘solar mission’, it has installed several solar PV (Photo Voltaic) power plants that generates at around 2,794 (kilowatts peak) currently.

Power Minister Piyush Goyal inaugurating the Solar Power Plant of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. in New Delhi on Monday. Urban Development Minister. M Venkaiah Naidu and DMRC MD Mangu Singh are also seen (File Photo)
Power Minister Piyush Goyal inaugurating the Solar Power Plant of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. in New Delhi on Monday. Urban Development Minister. M Venkaiah Naidu and DMRC MD Mangu Singh are also seen (File Photo)

“The solar plants at metro stations of the upcoming Faridabad corridor (Line 6 extension) is a significant effort to install such facilities at the construction stage itself, making it an integral part of DMRC network,” a metro statement said here.

The statement said that the company has signed a power purchase agreement for taking up solar power generation by another 7 megawatts.

“Metro is planning to implement 50 MWp (megawatt peak) solar plants in total on roof tops of its existing facilities and upcoming stations as part of the Phase III network,” it added.

The power generated by these plants are used for DMRC’s operational requirements, which include station lighting and other loads.