Indian Railways can save a fortune with solar panels on trains

Indian Railways is working towards powering passenger coaches with solar energy. With fuel consumption across the globe at an all time high and with fossil fuel under impending threat of depletion, Indian Railways is all set to implement a green solution.

The India Government wishes to harness the maximum amount of solar power as possible and hence the plan to test first ever train fitted with solar panels.

This special trail will commence trial run later this month. While precise route has yet to be decided, the train will run as a passenger train in Jodhpur. It will be pulled by conventional diesel engines, but the fans, AC and lights in passenger coaches will be powered by electricity generated from solar panels fitted on top of the coaches.

Indian Railways estimates approximate savings upto INR 82 lakhs per train per year through use of alternate sources of energy. With over 50,000 coaches in service, the savings in fuel bill could cross INR 2,050 crore per year.




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