BHEL commissions solar PV plant for rail traction application

With this, it has achieved direct injection of single-phase 25 kV power to traction substation

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Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has commissioned 1.7 MW solar PV plant at Bina in Madhya Pradesh for the Indian Railways.

The plant will directly feed power to traction systems of the Indian Railways.

With this, BHEL has achieved direct injection of single-phase 25 kV power to traction substation. The project has been jointly conceptualised and developed by BHEL and the Indian Railways.

BHEL's scope in the project envisaged design, engineering, manufacture, supply, construction, erection, testing, commissioning and O&M based on the inputs provided by the Indian Railways.

The project has been installed and commissioned by BHEL in just 4.5 months from the date of joint land survey with the Indian Railways for the Bina location (excluding time lost due to COVID disturbances).

This is a pilot project by the company developed on turnkey basis on vacant land of the Indian Railways.

The concept to design and engineering was carried out in less than 1.5 months. The R&D, development and manufacturing was completed entirely in-house at BHEL facilities at Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Jhansi and Bhopal.

Significantly, for the first time, development of single-phase 850 kW solar inverters and 400 V/25 kV dry type transformers for outdoor duty has been done.

Other solar plant equipment such as PV modules, SCADA system and HT switchgear has also been supplied by BHEL's manufacturing units located at Bengaluru and Bhopal respectively.

BHEL is offering EPC solutions for both off-grid and grid-interactive ground mounted, rooftop, floating solar and canal top solar plants. This is evident from its current portfolio of more than one GW of solar photovoltaic plants.

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