ABB will install solar inverters in 750 north Indian railway stations, helping the world’s largest railways reduce its dependence on traditional sources of energy.
Northern India is blessed with abundant sunlight and solar power is a natural alternative to conventional electricity, much of which is generated using coal.
The Indian railway network carries close to 8 billion passengers annually and ABB’s inverters could bring cost savings running in millions.
ABB’s 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 Ability of connected solutions, the customer can ensure uptime through remote management services. They will be part of the solar installations being set up by Indian solar energy company, Azure Power.
Apart from its railway assignment, 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.
The Swiss utilities pioneer 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.
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.
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