Industry and CleanTech

India’s first semi-high speed train

Aurélien Sostaponti - 29-avr.-2019 09:13:38

On 15 February 2019, India’s first semi-high speed train was officially put into operations by the Indian Railways. The train, earlier referred as Train-18, is renamed Vande Bharat Express and it has been deployed on the Delhi-Varanasi route (776 kms). This is a fully made-in-India engineless train and it is propelled through electric traction (like a metro train). During trial runs it attained a maximum speed of 180 kmph. It is currently the fastest train of the Indian Railways and will operate at a speed of 160 kmph covering the Delhi-Varanasi route in 8 hours (reducing by 15% the present travel time on this route). Train 18 is manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Chennai, Tamil Nadu and the cost of the first train is INR 100 crore (~13 M EUR). The objective of the Indian Railways is to eventually replace the entire fleet of its Shatabdi Express trains with this new semi-high speed train. The modern design includes improved passenger amenities; on-board WiFi, GPS-based passenger information system, touch-free bio-vacuum toilets, LED cabin lighting, mobile charging points and an automated climate control system that adjusts the temperature according to the weather and occupancy of the coaches. Two coaches – one on either end – are provided with disabled-friendly passenger bays and disabled-friendly toilets. Train 18 has 2 Executive Compartments with 52 seats each and 14 Chair Car coaches with 78 seats each. The premium "Executive Class" has rotating seats to match the direction of train’s movement. Ticket prices have been kept higher than those of the Shatabdi Express trains on the same route: the Chair Car (CC) fare is increased by 1.5 times and the premium "Executive Class" fare is increased by 1.4 times. Overall, the passengers will pay 30-40 % higher fares than they do for the previous Shatabdi Express trains. Technologically, the Indian Railways did not have a self-accelerating train set with specially designed undercarriage for 160 kmph speed operation and multi-featured couplings. Developing motorized bogies with fully suspended traction motors and under-slung propulsion system was their principal challenge. The train is capable of a faster acceleration and deceleration rate which makes it much more energy-efficient, more maintenance-friendly with lower life cycle cost. Most of the major equipment like car body, propulsion system, interior furnishing items, bogies etc. are made in India. Import content is mainly in brake system, automatic doors, seats and air springs. In the long-term, the Indian Railways plans to manufacture some of these items also in India.


Smart Manufacturing – India rises to the challenges of the industrial revolution

Nidhi Somani - 29-avr.-2019 09:11:29

Factory of the future, Smart Factory, Industry 4.0, cyber-factory or connected factory: Regardless of what it is called, this transformation of industry represents a revolution in manufacturing processes based on new technologies and innovative concepts. Why is it called Industry 4.0? It is being called Industry 4.0 to represent the fourth revolution that has occurred in manufacturing. From the first industrial revolution (mechanization through water and steam power) to the mass production and assembly lines using electricity in the second, the fourth industrial revolution will take what was started in the third with the adoption of computers and automation and enhance it with smart and autonomous systems fueled by data and machine learning. What is Industry 4.0 for India ? According to IBEF, the Government of India has set an ambitious target of increasing the contribution of manufacturing output to 25 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2025, from 16 percent currently. IoT, being one of the most important aspects of Industry 4.0 for India, is expected to capture close to 20 percent share in global IoT market in the next five years. Furthermore, the IoT market in India is projected to grow at a CAGR of more than 28 percent during 2015-2020. Major Indian states are taking initiatives to adapt to Industry 4.0. Andhra Pradesh has taken an initiative to capitalise on the IoT potential in the country. The state government has approved the first-of-its-kind IoT policy with an aim to turn the state into an IoT hub by 2020 and tap close to 10 per cent market share in the country. India’s first smart factory, moving from automation to autonomy, where machines speak with each other, is being set up in Bengaluru. It is making progress at the Indian Institute of Science’s (IISc) Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM) with an investment from The Boeing Company. Various Indian companies are increasing their focus and partnering with other companies for developing new IoT and M2M solutions, the Digital India initiative from the Government of India is expected to enhance the focus on IoT in tackling the domestic challenges. In line with India’s focus on automation in manufacturing, Business India is organising a seminar & roadshow called In2France Smart Factory 2019 in December 2019 . This event will focus on 5 industries : Automotive, Steel, Textile, Pharmaceutical & E-commerce. If you wish to collaborate with us for this event, please write to nidhi.somani@businessfrance.fr


India’s groundwater security – a growing concern

Aurélien Sostaponti - 26-mars-2019 11:40:42

  According to the World Health Organization, a country having less than 1700m 3 per capita water availability is said to be a «  water-stressed  » country. With about 4 per cent of the water resources of the world, India should have been a water-adequate nation. However, in 2011 India turned into a water-stressed nation, according to experts.   The immediate culprits that come to mind are the increasing demographic pressure, rapid urbanization and industrialization. However, urbanization and industrialisation are the driving forces for any developing economy like India and remains the need of the hour. What makes these driving forces evil is the lack of proper water management.           RAINFALL WASTAGE   65%   rainwater runoff goes into the sea, which is a major wastage considering that over 70 per cent of country’s farming is rain-fed. The runoff also causes soil erosion, river flooding and siltation of water bodies.   Source: Bhartiya Agro Industries Foundation   POOR SANITATION   5.2%   of India’s gross domestic product worth of economic opportunities were lost in 2015 because of poor sanitation. It is almost half of the total global losses. Poor sanitation results in water contamination that leads to widespread diseases and wastage of public resources Source: Report ‘True Cost of Sanitation’   DEPLETING GROUNDWATER   253 billion cubic metres   is the amount of groundwater extracted in India annually, which is the highest in the world. Fifty-four percent of India’s groundwater wells have declined over the past seven years, and 21 major cities are expected to run out of groundwater by 2020   Source : UNESCO World Water Development Report             As a step towards resolving the groundwater depletion problem, the Central Ground Water Authority of the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on December 12, 2018 notified revised guidelines for ground water extraction which will take effect on June 1, 2019. These revised guidelines provide for the:   Encouraged use of recycled and treated sewage water by industries. Provision of action against polluting industries. Mandatory requirement of digital flow meters, piezometers and digital water level recorders, with or without telemetry depending upon quantum of extraction. Mandatory water audit by industries abstracting ground water 500 m3/day or more in safe and semi-critical area and 200 m3/day or more in critical and over-exploited assessment units. Mandatory roof top rain water harvesting except for specified industries. Measures to be adopted to ensure prevention of ground water contamination in premises of polluting industries/ projects.   One of the important features of the revised guidelines is the introduction of the concept of Water Conservation Fee (WCF), the fee charged on extraction of ground water. The high rates of WCF are expected to discourage setting up of new industries in over-exploited and critical areas as well as may limit large scale ground water extraction by industries, especially in over-exploited and critical areas.    


2019: A crucial year for India’s renewable energy targets

Kushal SENGUPTA - 26-mars-2019 11:35:53

  India accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total global electricity generation and contributes 4.43 percent to the global renewable generation capacity. According to a Climatescope 2018 report by research organisation Bloomberg NEF (BNEF), India has become the largest market globally for auction of new renewable energy generation projects and the second-largest destination for clean energy investments. Globally, India stands at No. 5 in terms of total renewable energy installed capacity, behind only China, U.K., Germany and U.S. India’s goal is to achieve   175 GW of renewable capacity by 2022 which includes 100 GW of Solar power, 60 GW from wind power, 10 GW from biomass power and 5 GW from small hydro power.   As of January 2019, the total renewable power installed capacity (excluding large hydro) in the country stood at 74.08GW with wind comprising of 47% and solar comprising of 34 % of the total renewable energy mix in the country. The western and southern states account for around 90% of the installed solar capacity.   Wind and solar energy will play a key role in India’s ambitious target of meeting 175 GW by 2022. India ranks fourth in the world in terms of total installed wind power capacity. In 2018 (up to September), India added the second highest solar capacity in the world, after China. Solar installation in India is expected to increase 360 percent by 2020.   In 2018 the Governement of India took some major initiatives in the renewable energy sector :   100% electrification of all inhabited villages in India Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated the first general assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA) India added approximately 9.5GW of renewable energy capacity—7GW of solar capacity and 2.5 GW of wind capacity The ministry of new and renewable energy released regular tenders, and 15GW of wind and solar capacity was allocated. India added a record 1.5GW of capacity rooftop solar market The ministry also promoted new avenues for renewable energy growth—floating solar, hybrid, large-scale solar manufacturing and off-shore—some of which got tremendous response from the industry.   The year 2019 will be crucial in deciding whether India can meet its renewable energy targets by 2022. The sector needs major technological and public policy interventions to successfully meet its target of 175GW by 2022 and the long-term target of achieving 40% of India’s electricity capacity from renewable sources by 2030. Non-conventional energy received FDI inflow of US$ 7.48 billion between April 2000 and December 2018. In order to reach the 2022 targets, India needs approximately $75 billion in investments over the next four years—both debt and equity capital.   Author : Kushal SENGUPTA Trade Advisor -Industry & Cleantech Department Business France Mumbai Source : Fortune India, Renew Power, Ministry of Renewable Energy India, IBEF


Ashok Leyland adopts Dassault Systèmes GVPP Platform for improved manufactoring

Aurelien Sostaponti - 18-févr.-2019 08:00:44

    Ashok Leyland adopts Dassault Systemes’ GVPP platform for improved manufacturing   Taking Indian automotive manufacturing to next level, Ashok Leyland has adapted the 3D Experience industry solution platform of the French company Dassault Systemes. Global Validation Proven Performance (GVPP) as a solution on the 3D Experience platform,  will reduce Ashok Leyland’s product development cycle from three years to 18 months and bring down the cost by 5%.


India and France working together on Electric Vehicles

Aurelien Sostaponti - 18-févr.-2019 07:57:52

The future looks bright for Indo-French collaboration on electric mobility. An important stone to this foundation is a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India’s Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI), CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) and BlueStorage SAS, a French Company. The objective is to define the modalities of a pilot project to provide SECI an e-vehicle charging station with embedded batteries, powered by solar panels and optimized connection to the grid.


Keolis opens a new section of the Hyderabad automated metro (India)

sophie Canciani - 25-sept.-2018 06:57:20

  On Monday 24 September, 2018 Keolis opened a new section of the automated metro line 1 in Hyderabad, adding 16 km of track to the existing 30 km   With this new section, the network is now 46 km long and is expected to carry more than 150,000 passengers per day   This achievement paves the way for the final phase of the network and confirms Keolis’ leadership in automated metro systems   Keolis and its partners have completed the opening to the public of the first line of the automated metro in Hyderabad, which was partially opened in November 2017. This extension adds 16 km of track to the current 30 km network in use. To mark the occasion, an official flagging-off ceremony was held on Monday 24 September at Ameerpet station in the presence of the Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States, His Excellency E.S.L. Narasimhan.   With the extension, the network now stretches over two lines for a total of 46 kilometers and includes 40 stations, which places Hyderabad’s metro as the second biggest network in India. The extended line, which now links Ameerpet to LB Nagar, includes two important interchange stations, Ameerpet and MG Bus Stations, with the latter being one of the biggest elevated stations in the region. It now allows commuters to reach the south east of the city, and thus crucially serve the most densely populated areas of Hyderabad, which are located nearby to its old city. The number of daily passengers is expected to rise from 85,000 to more than 150,000. When the network is finally completed in 2019, it will be 72 km long, include 66 stations and carry an expected 1.5 million passengers per day.   Eric Moinier, Managing Director of Keolis Hyderabad, said: “ This is a major milestone we have reached today alongside our client and partner Larsen & Toubro and it takes us closer to the final stage of the network’s completion, which is expected to happen within the next year. With this extension more Hyderabad residents and visitors - to this growing city - will benefit from a modern, clean and safe transport solution. We will continue to strive to give them the best passenger experience.”   The 18 trains running on the network are built by Hyundai Rotem and equipped with the communication-based train control (CBTC) system provided by Thales, which allows improved headways and safety for passengers.   Keolis was awarded the operations and maintenance contract in 2012 by the concession-holder L&T Metro Rail. The core elements of that contract includes operating and maintaining 57 metro trainsets as well as stations, depots, track, signalling, telecommunications, ticketing systems and ticket sales at stations. Keolis Hyderabad currently has 800 employees.   As a pioneer and global leader in automated metro systems, Keolis counts 320 km of lines in cities such as Hyderabad (India), London (United Kingdom), Lille and Rennes (France), Shanghai (China) and Doha (Qatar).   About Keolis   Leading the way in public transport, Keolis partners with public decision makers to make shared mobility an asset for cities and their communities. Internationally recognised as the leading operator of trams and automated metros, Keolis adopts a determined innovation approach with all its partners and subsidiaries (Kisio, LeCab, EFFIA, Keolis Santé and Cykleo) to develop new forms of shared and customised mobility, and reinforce its core business across a range of transport modes including trains, buses, cars, trolleybuses, shared private hire vehicles, river shuttles, ferries, cycles, car sharing services, electric autonomous vehicles and urban cable cars.   In France, Keolis is now the leader in medical transport services through the creation of Keolis Santé in July 2017 and positioned as the number two car park operator, through its subsidiary EFFIA.   The company is 70% owned by SNCF and 30% by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). Keolis employs 63,000 people in 16 countries and recorded a turnover of 5.4 billion euros in 2017. Today, over 3 billion passengers worldwide have used one of the shared mobility services offered by Keolis. www.keolis.com   * Historically based in France, Keolis has expanded its operations in Germany, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Sweden, the UK and the USA.


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Infrastructure, Transport and Industry (Industries and Cleantech) The Industries and Cleantech Department assists French companies in their international development strategy and promotes trade between France and India. In order to maximize commercial opportunities between French and Indian companies, the Department organises French Pavilions at a number of key exhibitions in India, as well as offering other B2B networking events and individual partnering services. The key focus of the department are the urban development (“100 smart cities”), the clean technologies (Renewables Energies, Energy efficiency…) and the industry (automotive, aeronautics, railways…). The Department provides expertise in : • Transportation (automotive, railway, aeronautics, naval, ITS) • Infrastructures (roads, airports, ports, etc.) • Energy  (Nuclear, Renewable Energy, T&D, O&G) • Cleantech (water and waste management)  &nbs

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