Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has prototyped floating Solar power plant and solar PV based charging stations for charging electric vehicles
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has announced that its solar energy portfolio crossed the 370 megawatt (MW) mark in 2016-17. It comprises of 360 MW ground-mounted solar power plants and 10 MW rooftop power plants, marking a significant contribution of the company to the Nation’s Green Initiatives. Of this, 170 MW of BHEL-supplied ground-mounted and 2290 KW of rooftop power plants are already under operation in various locations in the country.
During the year, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) secured orders for 131 MW of ground-mounted and about 8 MW of rooftop Solar PV plants. In addition, BHEL secured its first order for 240 Solar PV based pumping stations. Leveraging its technical capability to offer new solutions for enhancement of energy generation, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is actively exploring deployment of single axis solar trackers and battery-based energy storage for Solar power plants. In addition, BHEL has prototyped floating Solar power plant and solar PV based charging stations for charging electric vehicles. Backed up by a strong project management team, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has enhanced its EPC capacity to address large size PV plants.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is one of the very few organizations in the country that have expertise in the critical parts of the silicon value chain, viz., processing of silicon wafer to cell, processing of cell to PV module and in design, supply, installation, commissioning and O&M of ground-mounted and rooftop PV power plants and thus offers turnkey EPC solutions.
Over the last few years Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has added several Balance of System (BOS) equipment like Power Control Unit (PCU), HT panels, SCADA system and power transformers to its offering for Solar PV plant. The company has a dedicated R&D group in the area of semiconductor materials, nano-and thin film devices at their plants in Hyderabad and Gurgaon. There are a number of research initiatives aided by institute/laboratory collaborations with various IITs to facilitate innovations and engineering solutions in the area of materials in silicon solar cells. ISRO has also partnered with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) for fabrication of space-grade solar panels and satellite batteries (deployed in all its space programs). Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has been contributing to the national initiatives for developing and promoting renewable energy based products on a sustained basis, for the past three decades. The company has enhanced its state-of-the-art manufacturing lines of solar cells to 105 MW and solar modules to 226 MW per annum. Keeping up with its green commitment, the company has also set up 11.5 MWp of solar power plants in its units at Ranipet, Trichy and Hyderabad.