BHEL R&D Comes Up with Major Tech Innovation for Indian Railways – CORPORATE ETHOS

BHEL R&D Comes Up with Major Tech Innovation for Indian Railways

By: | February 8, 2019
Indian rail

Feb 8: Public sector engineering major Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has successfully developed a state-of-the-art Regeneration System for Indian Railway’s fleet of conventional electric locomotives. This has been considered as a major technological innovation for the Indian Railway and BHEL achieved this through in-house R&D efforts.

With this, a new line of business has opened for BHEL and the company has expanded its footprint in the transportation sector. Indian Railways’ electric locomotives currently have a dynamic braking system where the energy generated during application of brakes gets wasted in the form of heat.

BHEL has developed a system introducing the regenerative braking concept in these locomotives, that will feed the energy back to the overhead power lines. This will result in significant saving in energy consumption for Indian Railways. The system has already been tested in a 5000 HP, WAG7 Type, electric locomotive of Indian Railways at Jhansi.

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 70With this, BHEL has become the first organisation to successfully demonstrate the concept of regenerative braking system for DC traction motor driven conventional electric locomotives. As a pioneer in the transportation sector, BHEL has been working very closely with Indian Railways for the last six decades to meet their requirement through innovate technologies and providing ‘Make in India’ systems and equipment for all types of rolling stock of Indian Railways. The company has created a dedicated center for research and development in transportation technology and manufacturing facilities at its Bhopal, Jhansi and Bengaluru plants.

The country’s first such regenerative 5000 HP WAG-7 Electric locomotive was flagged-off by Ghanshyam Singh, Member Traction & Ex-Officio Secretary to the Govt., Ministry of Railways, in the presence of Atul Sobti, Chairman & Managing Director, BHEL from the company’s Jhansi plant. Directors on the board of BHEL and senior officials from Indian Railways were also present on this occasion.

The idea of developing the energy efficient Regeneration System was mooted by Indian Railways and BHEL responded to it by successfully developing the technology in-house, giving an impetus to the ‘Make in India’ initiative.