Monday, August 5, 2013

IIT Madras Will Power AC Coaches In Indian Railways With Solar Energy

  • by Kaustubh Katdare, Aug 5, 2013 
  • Indian Railways will soon have the AC coaches powered by solar energy. The Integral Coach Factory at Chennai has joined hands with IIT Madras to design coaches that will use solar energy to power the air conditioning systems. In addition, the solar energy will be used to power the lighting inside the coaches. This would be the first project of its kind that Indian Railways is undertaking to tap solar energy.


    Indian Railways, world's largest railway system, is looking to tap alternative, cleaner sources of energy to reduce its overall dependence on fossil fuels and the power grid. Indian Railways is looking at massive scaling of AC coaches in the coming future, which would result into increased spending on the fuels unless other mechanisms are developed power them.

    A senior ICF official has said that they've asked IIT Madras to find out various ways to tap the solar power and use it for interior lighting and cooling. An MoU has been signed about a month ago and preliminary discussions have started with professors to develop a feasible model.

    No information is available yet on how long will this project take. We'd like to ask our fellow engineers for their opinion on this project and what'd be the ways to make this possible? How do you propose to tap the solar energy for use in railways?


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