BHEL builds India’s first regenerative 5,000 HP electric locomotive

Currently, the locomotives have a dynamic braking system where the energy generated during application of brakes gets wasted in the form of heat

GN Bureau | February 20, 2019


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In a major technological breakthrough, BHEL has developed the country’s first such regenerative 5,000 horse power (HP) WAG-7 electric locomotive with a modern regeneration system for Indian Railways.

 
The electric loco was flagged-off by member traction, railway board, Ghanshyam Singh at the company’s Jhansi plant.
 
Currently, the national transporter’s locomotives have a dynamic braking system where the energy generated during application of brakes gets wasted in the form of heat. But the regenerative braking concept in these locos will feed the energy back to the overhead power lines which will result in saving in energy consumption for Indian Railways. The system has already been tested in a 5000 HP, WAG7 type, electric locomotive at Jhansi.
 
Indian Railways had mooted the idea of developing the energy efficient regeneration system loco which was executed by BHEL to give an impetus to Make in India initiative.

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