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Poland’s PKP Energetyka launches 360 green substations

The Polish railway network power distributor, PKP Energetyka, has completed its network of 11,000 square metres of photovoltaic (PV) panels in operation across 360 substations, with the potential to generate nearly two gigawatts-hours (GWh) of clean energy per year.

With its solar network, PKP Energetyka will reduce its carbon footprint by more than 1,500 tons of CO2 per year, the company said in a press release.

The project to build several hundred facilities was completed in just over 18 months, increasing the number of “green substations” from 15 to 360 – more than 70 per cent of all traction substations supplying the Polish railroad system, the company added.

“PKP Energetyka’s mission is to support the development of the Polish railroad system in harmony with the surrounding nature. We take the lead in this transformation and strive to become an environmentally neutral company,” said Marek Kleszczewski, Member of the Management Board of PKP Energetyka. “That’s why we decided that our infrastructure should be autonomous in terms of energy consumption. It would take 750 tons of coal to produce the energy we get from the sun. The scale and pace of project implementation were very ambitious, and the whole undertaking was achieved thanks to the work and commitment of the entire PKP Energetyka’s team, which is much to be appreciated.”

PKP Energetyka’s long-term strategy is to reduce its carbon footprint by 85 per cent by 2030 and become climate neutral in terms of direct and indirect emissions.

The project covered most of the technically possible locations. Most of the 360 facilities are rooftop systems (227), but some of them (133) are also ground-mounted. The largest number of PV mini-farms can be found in the Wielkopolskie and Dolnośląskie voivodeships (51 and 42 systems, respectively). The location of each system was selected individually to maximise its efficiency and performance, the company said. The panels were designed with a focus on environmental protection, using polycrystalline technology which reduces the “lake effect” and is safe for birds. The power of one array is 6 kW, with a total 2 GWh annual potential for green energy production is equivalent to the energy consumption of 1,000 households.

The company’s “green substations” have also been equipped with sensors, inverters, energy metres and GSM modems to collect comprehensive data on system performance and efficiency, and are analysed and compared on an ongoing basis. The collected management information will serve not only PKP Energetyka, but also other companies in the rail industry looking to implement RES in their infrastructure, the company’s press release added.

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