India wants trains with solar roofs

The project we are talking about today, although it will not be enough to remove the diesel engines, It will provide 15% of the energy consumed by Indian trains, thanks to solar panels placed on the roofs of the trains. We are talking about a reduction in pollutant emissions of around 200 tonnes of CO2 per year.

India is one of the largest countries in the world, home to over 1,200 million people, with a population density of 377.6 inhabitants / kmĀ², and where the train is one of the main means of transport in the world. country. Hence the importance of this news.

12,000 trains run daily in India, carrying 23 million passengers. Indian railways, the public company that manages the trains, He estimates that he uses around 3 billion liters of diesel per year.

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In addition to the panels on the roofs of the trains, they also plan to build solar power plants in 200 stations.

When trains are not in use, solar panels will continue to produce renewable energy, which will be used as clean energy in the commercial electricity grid.

The first prototype designed by wagon builder Integral Coach Factory and the Indian Institute of Science is already circulating in India. If the tests are successful, all trains will gradually be fitted with photovoltaic panels.

The first of the trains is already in service in the capital New Delhi, where the trains work tirelessly, consuming gallons and gallons of diesel. Solar panels are already helping this train to consume less diesel and therefore pollute less. It is estimated that installing solar panels on six carriages on a train could save around 21,000 liters of diesel each year. The solar panels will power the fans, lights and electronic displays of the rail cars. If there is excess energy, it accumulates in the train batteries.


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In these projects, new innovations in solar windows could be very important in the future, which in their latest developments could already generate 50 times more energy than conventional photovoltaics.

India is not the only country in the world that wants a greener railway line, a few days ago we echoed the news that from 2018 all Dutch trains will run on wind power.