Railways begin trial runs for solar trains in Jodhpur

In line with Indian Railways’ mission to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, North Western Railway (NWR) has started test runs for using solar panel on coaches for powering lights and fans.

If the trials are successful, then the technology would be used in regular trains in a phase-wise manner, an official said.

“At present, we are conducting test runs on a DEMU (diesel electric multiple unit) train in Jodhpur division. Each coach has 12 solar panels on the rooftop,” NWR chief public relations officer Tarun Jain told HT.

“The power generated is used for running non-AC appliances, which basically means lights, fans and mobile charging sockets in the coaches. If the test runs are successful then the same model will be replicated on other trains,” Jain told HT.

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