Indian Railways introduced its first solar-powered local train in New Delhi. The entire coach is equipped with a battery bank facility which satisfy entire electrical need of the coach. Energy is produced by solar panels fitted on the roof of coaches of Demu(Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) which will provide power to fans, lights etc and will work even in the absence of sunlight.
It is 1600 HP solar-powered train which will operate between Sarai Rohilla(Delhi) to Farukh Nagar(Haryana)
The train has been manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai with six coaches, contains 16 solar panels, each producing 300 Watt. The coaches is also equipped with several other environment friendly measures like using bio-toilet, water-recycling, waste disposal, bio-fuel CNG and LNG etc. These Solar panels produced under “Make in INDIA” cost 54 lakhs. This is the first time in the World solar panels are being used as a grid in railways.
Also Suresh Prabhu, the Railway Minister had announced that in next five years the railways would generate about 1000 MW of solar energy. Moreover railway is planning to introduce 50 more coaches in coming days.
This solar coaches reduces diesel consumption and the carbon mark of these commuter trains by reducing CO2 generation by 9 tonnes per coach per year.
The solar power DEMU will save about 21,000 litres of diesel, which results in cost saving of Rs 12 lakh per year. The solar train is the green initiative taken by the Indian Railways for the Environment.