Published On: Fri, Jul 14th, 2017

Indian Railways Launches Solar-Powered Passenger Train

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Dependency on fossil fuels should be reduced and eliminated gradually. Considering this, the Indian Railway launched Friday first of its kind 1600 HP solar-powered DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) train from Delhi’s Safdarjung railway station.

The first such train under the Railways’ Solar Mission has six trailer coaches equipped with sixteen solar panels fitted on each coach to power all the electrical appliances inside the train.

Indian Railways Launches Solar-Powered Passenger Train

The launching of solar powered train was done by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who had earlier announced to have plans of generating 1000 MW solar power in the next five years.

During the annual rail budget of 2016-17 Prabhu added that about 239 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by the Railways by saving about 90,800 litres of diesel per rake.

The solar panels of DEMU are being supplied by Noida-based Jakson Engineers Limited (JEL). Until now 30 such coaches have been dispatched for Chennai and 50 another for Amritsar.

Meanwhile, the Indian Railways have started installing solar panels on railway stations roof tops and level crossings under the Solar Mission.

In 2016 a trial run of Rewari-Sitapur passenger train with solar panels was conducted.

A train running between Kalka and Shimla while other on the Pathankot-Jogindernagar route too were mounted with solar panels as a trial.

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