India’s Solar Train

Indian Railways has a vision for solar energy. They want to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels by installing solar panels on their trains.

The solar panels are not meant to provide propulsion, but rather to power the appliances inside the train. Currently, the plan is to have each train segment carry twelve 300W solar panels. On a sunny day, this should be enough to power the lights and fans.

Select trains are currently in the Jodhpur (one of Indian Railway’s workshops) to receive the solar panel modification. When the pilot program is fully implemented, the railway hopes to reduce carbon emissions by around 200 tonnes per year.

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