Indian Railways Plans To Supply Power To Coaches With Solar Panels

CHENNAI. The Indian Railways — in partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras — has plans to use solar power equipment to supply electricity to air-conditioned coaches in some of the express trains in the country. Solar power will be used for internal lighting and air conditioning inside the coaches. IIT-Madras has been asked to develop a feasible model wherein solar power can be used on a moving train to power the AC coaches.

The Indian Railways is heavily dependent on diesel and grid electricity to power its trains. It is among the largest users of energy in the country and was supposed to be covered under India’s national-level energy efficiency cap-and-trade scheme. It was not covered under the first phase of the scheme, probably because any increase in operational costs would affect hundreds of million of passengers .Clean

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