The country’s first electric locomotive has been flagged off from its Jhansi plant. The locomotive is said to have a regenerative system, and PSU BHEL has developed it for Indian Railways. A report says that BHEL through in-house R&D efforts successfully developed the state-of-the-art regeneration system in the country’s first electric locomotive. The regenerative technology in the locomotive will not only help avoid loss of heat energy while applying brakes, but it will also feed the energy back to the overhead power lines, the reports said.
Railway Ministry first proposed the concept of developing the energy-efficient regeneration system following which BHEL responded to the national transporter by developing the technology and providing momentum to the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The country’s first electric locomotive with regenerative 5,000 HP was flagged off from the company’s Jhansi plant.
At present, Indian Railways is using electric locomotives which have a dynamic braking system. Such engines tend to waste energy generated during the application of brakes in the form of heat.
The Ministry of Railways after the development of the technology shared a tweet:
“This regenerative braking system in conventional DC (direct current) locomotive has been developed for the first time in the history of worldwide traction. Indian Railways along with BHEL had undertaken this project of modifying its WAG7 locomotive. The project being a ‘Make in India’ initiative, will lead to a cost saving of Rs 25 lakh per locomotive per year”.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under the Make in India initiative is set to launch three big Indian Railways projects this month. The first engineless train of India, Train 18, will be flagged off from New Delhi Railway Station, according to reports. PM Modi will also flag off Indian Railways’ first-ever converted-locomotive in a major event at Varanasi.