Indian Railways trials solar-powered trains
New Delhi, June 7, 2015: Indian Railways is soon going to materialise its ambitious plan of
harnessing solar energy to run trains. The prototype of the solar power-enabled coach is undergoing trials, and
soon the entire train will be fitted with solar panels, officials said.
They said that while solar power will significantly bring down diesel consumption, it will also prove to be cost-effective. At present, nearly
17 units of electricity are being generated from the solar power enabled coach. Clean and cheap: Solar power will significantly bring down diesel
consumption, and will also be cost-effective.
“As the pilot project, one non-AC coach has been fitted with solar panels on the rooftop. The trial has been successful so far with the
coach generating nearly 17 units of electricity every day. Depending on its success, decision will be taken to convert the entire train into a
solar power-enabled one,” said Divisional Railway Manager, Arun Arora. Officials said that by harnessing solar power, the railways will be able
to save Rs 1.24 lakh per coach year.
“Solar energy will be used to meet the electricity needs in moving trains, and reduce diesel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions,” Arora said.
According to studies, a train using solar power can reduce diesel consumption by up to 90,000 litres per year and also bring down the
carbon dioxide emission by over 200 tonnes.