First Solar Powered Train in India has launched

Published on : Friday, July 14, 2017

on-top-of-coachesIndian Railways has launched its first ever, solar powered train to save Rs 2 lakhs worth of diesel per coach, per annum. It will be operational from Saturday.



The train is powered by the 1,600 HHP solar diesel multiple units (DEMU) and it has a carrying capacity of 89 passengers. The new rake built at Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai has a life of 25 years.



There are two motor coaches and eight passenger coaches in the ten-coach train. The total cost of the locomotive is Rs 13.54 crore with the passenger coaches costing around Rs 1 crore each and the two motor coaches costing Rs 2.5 each. The solar panels on six coaches cost Rs 9 lakh each. The passengers get the cushioned seats with a display board in each coach.



This solar powered train will travel from Sarai Rohilla of Delhi to Garhi Harsaru Junction in Haryana. This train will replace an existing non-solar powered rake on the same route. The fare for the journey that takes one and a half hour will not change.



The train has a total of 16 solar panels of 300 watts in each coach. The solar energy generated by these panels will be stored in batteries. This solar train used during the night.



The train will help in reducing the amount of carbon dioxide from the air and also help in using alternative energy.  The train has almost nine tonnes per coach.  It is also expected to save nearly Rs 672 crore per annum.

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