ABB to enhance power quality for India’s longest freight train network

Deepthi | Myequity news | Date : 21-09-2018 17:00:00 IST

India’s rail transportation network, which extends across 3.3 million square kilometers and is one of the largest in the world, is a key driver of growing economy. Core growth sectors like power, coal, steel and cement depend on the rail network, and the increasing importance of this sector has led to the undertaking of an ambitious project to create a high density Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC). The DFC will run between the four cities known as the Golden Quadrilateral - Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata - and will be developed by the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India, Ltd (DFCCIL).

The DFC is an ambitious infrastructure development designed to enable the efficient movement of freight containers across the vast geography of the country. It is expected to relieve congestion on com- muter routes and drive industrial growth and investments in these regions. ABB will play a key role by enhancing the system’s reliability with an innovative power quality solution.

DFCCIL expects to transport up to 15,000 tons of load for long distances and will have a container capacity of 400 units per train, among the highest in the world. To cope with the volume, DFCCIL is pioneering the operation of double stack containers on electrified routes in India. The trains will be high- speed, with maximum speed varying between 75 kilometers per hour (kmph) to 100 kmph.

Such high speeds and variation of loads can affect power consumption patterns, creating significant voltage fluctuations and low power factor that cause power quality issues in the electrical railway traction systems. This could result in equipment malfunction and even downtime. Power quality issues can also spread through the supply grid, creating a domino effect of disturbances to other users. The potential risk of non-compliance to grid codes can also lead to financial penalties.

An efficient and effective power quality solution is required to address this challenge. ABB will supply a step-less Power Quality Compensator – Reactive ((PQCR), which helps to regulate and stabilize the power supply when there are dynamic and highly fluctuating loads. The PQCR will help improve power quality and voltage stability and help comply with grid codes. In addition, ABB will also supply fixed and dynamic reactive power compensation panels at 23 traction substations.

By improving the reliability of the grid and reducing downtime, ABB’s innovative PQCR technology will help DFCCIL optimize the operating costs of its freight network. The solution will be implemented in the western segment of the DFC between Mumbai and Dadri that covers a distance of more than 1,500 km.

“We are pleased to support the Indian Railways with our state-of-the-art power quality technology and to contribute to a world class freight rail corridor in the country,”
said Giandomenico Rivetti, head of ABB’s High Voltage Products business, a part of the company’s Power Grids division. “This initiative further supports ABB’s commitment to contribute to India’s economic growth with state-of-the-art technology solutions.”

About ABB:

ABB is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

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