BENGALURU (METRO RAIL NEWS): Bangalore Metro Rail Company (BMRCL) is planning to make use of solar energy to run its trains. This can be a massive step in the direction of eco-friendly transportation. BMRCL is planning to put in photo voltaic panels in any respect Part 2, 2A and 2B Metro stations by March 2023.
Presently, photo voltaic panels have been put in at 5 stations of Konakunte Cross, Doddakallasandra, Vajarahalli, Talaghatapura and Silk Institute on the Kanakapura Highway Metro Hall. Whereas the stations on Metro Part 1 can not use solar energy, which is already operational, BMRCL Head PRO BL Yashwant Chavan stated, “We’re offering solar energy in all Part 2, Part 2A and Part 2B stations. Planning to put in panels”
The Metro makes use of a 3rd rail system that gives electrical traction energy to the trains. Officers stated a significant a part of the electrical energy required for ancillary wants like lighting, escalators and ACs on the third rail and stations can be utilized through the use of solar energy.
“The present month-to-month energy requirement for the third rail alone is round 65 lakh items (kWh) for the 56 km operational community. The estimated month-to-month requirement can be 205 lakh items after section 2, 2A and 2B (175km) are accomplished,” Chavan stated. He additionally stated that the present month-to-month energy expenditure for the third rail alone is round Rs 3.9 crore. BMRCL now produces 1.8 lakh items via photo voltaic panels and saves Rs 10.8 lakh per 30 days.
By taking this step, BMRCL goals to cut back its dependence on non-renewable sources thereby decreasing its vitality payments. “The month-to-month electrical energy invoice of BMRCL is now round Rs 5.8 crore. The estimated invoice after commissioning of Phases 2, 2A and 2B is Rs 19 crore. The estimated month-to-month solar energy era by 2023 is 28.5 lakh items (excluding phases 2A and 2B). It will cut back our invoice by about Rs 1.7 crore by March 2023.
Trains additionally use regenerative braking system know-how to generate electrical energy every time the brakes are utilized. The three-phase traction motors in trains act as mills, changing the prepare’s kinetic vitality into electrical vitality at any time when the brakes are utilized.
“At present, trains meet about 15% of the electrical energy wants (operating the lighting and auxiliary methods onboard). We are actually engaged on a know-how to make sure that the electrical energy generated from trains is totally utilized and transferred to the grid in order that we will cut back our dependence on electrical energy provided by BESCOM.
All stations are designed to make use of pure lighting and are geared up with LED-based lights, platform display screen doorways (PSDs) at BMRCL Part 2 underground stations (14 km Dairy Circle-Nagwara) stated one other official. which can cut back the AC load. 900T to 400T per station.
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