Solar panels to power Metro’s Faridabad line

Carbon dioxide sensors have also been installed at the control room to monitor air quality.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 11, 2015 3:10 am
Delhi metro, Faridabad line, Violet line Civil work on the line is already complete and stations are currently getting finishing touches. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

The Delhi Metro’s Badarpur-Faridabad corridor, on which trial runs are set to begin in the next few weeks, will be powered by green technology and incorporate a host of eco-friendly features such as solar panels, water harvesting and sewage treatment plants. The line is expected to be operational in the next two months.

For the first time, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will employ a green electrical receiving sub-station (RSS) for this line, which is an extension of the Violet Line. The RSS has been constructed at Sector 46 in Faridabad and will cater to the 14-km-long elevated corridor as well as the nine stations between Badarpur and Escorts Mujesar.

“Solar power panels with a capacity of 50 kilowatt-peak have been installed. The power generated will cater to the requirements of the RSS building and the remaining power will be used for stations,” the DMRC said in a statement.

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Further, water from the sewage treatment plant will  be used for horticulture and sanitary purposes, DMRC officials said. Water meters have also been installed to monitor the consumption rate.

LEDs have been used for all indoor and outdoor lighting to ensure minimal power consumption. Carbon dioxide sensors have also been installed at the control room to monitor air quality.

“Provision for rainwater harvesting has been done on the sub-station premises for the optimal utilisation of rainwater,” the official said.
The DMRC has also installed low CFC refrigerant and inverter compressor type VRV air-conditioning system on the premises as it is more environment-friendly and consumes less energy.

The DMRC has already applied for “green building” certification to the Indian Green Building Council.

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  1. S
    May 5, 2015 at 4:26 pm
    Ratul Puri and his company HPPPL have provided amounts of solar power in the country and will continue to do so in the near future. With Ratul Puri's efforts and HPPPL's acquisition of solar, wind and other renewable energies, India may slowly move away from its high dependency on exhaustible resources like coal.