New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): With the aims to promote the use of renewal enegry in the transportation sector to improve the quality of life of people, the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) have signed a Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) to harness blended renewable energy for RRTS. According to MoU, NCRTC will explore possible opportunities in electric/transformative mobility, Hydrogen based economy, and other alternative sources of fuels and energy.
The agreement (MoU) was signed in presence of Jatindra Nath Swain IAS, Secretary (Fisheries), Govt of India & CMD/SECI, Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director/NCRTC and Mahendra Kumar, Director (E&RS)/NCRTC along with other senior officials of NCRTC and SECI on June 15, 2021.
"NCRTC, as part of its Energy Management Policy, intends to maximize the use of blended renewable energy such as solar power etc. for meeting the full energy requirement of NCRTC. SECI, being an industry leader, will help in arranging blended renewable energy to NCRTC round the clock at affordable rates for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Corridor and cooperation to extend the same for other future corridors," said an official release.
The use of clean energy, through this association, will ensure a reduction in expenditure on electricity and significantly lesser CO2 emissions, which is essential for sustainable development.
This cooperation is a part of NCRTC’s long-term strategy to make RRTS and NCRTC financially as well as environmentally sustainable.
The NCRTC is adopting the following measures for energy efficiency:
1. All elevated RRTS stations and depots will be provided with solar panels.
2. NCRTC is targeting to generate a minimum of 10 MW renewable energy.
3. 40% of the total energy requirement of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor is targeted to be procured/generated from renewable energy.
4. RRTS rolling stock will be provided with the state-of-the-art regenerative braking system which converts the train’s kinetic energy into electrical energy.
5. Regenerative braking will result in reduced wear and tear of wheels, brake pads, and other associated moving brake-gear parts of rolling stock resulting in significantly less consumption of these spare part/items during the train maintenance life cycle which again will result in a substantial reduction in CO2 emission which otherwise would have been generated in the manufacturing and supply chain process of these spare parts/items.
6. RRTS trains will have push buttons for the selective opening of doors on a need basis. This eliminates the requirement of opening all doors at every station, thus leading to energy saving. RRTS rolling stock will have lighting and temperature control systems to enhance the passenger experience with less energy consumption.
7. All RRTS station and their premises, depot, office spaces, and trains will be equipped with energy-saving LED lights.
8. Platform Screen Doors will be installed at every RRTS station that will help in saving significant energy consumption in underground stations.
The 82.15 km Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor is India’s first RRTS corridor which will connect National Capital Delhi to Meerut with 16 RRTS station. Construction work is carried out at the full pace and the first priority stretch (38.05 km) between Sahibabad and Meerut South is targeted to open in January 2023.
The total estimated cost of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS project is Rs 30,274 crores.