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Indian Railways to go green in a big way

The Indian Railways has announced its plan of going green in a big way.  The initiatives include introduction of new generation electric and diesel locomotives, use of bio-diesel and procurement of minimum three-star rated products, which are all showing results in saving energy.

Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, as a first step has earlier commissioned a a 10.5-MW wind farm in Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu.

Indian Railways has inducted 350 new locos in which third-phase technology has been adopted to facilitate regeneration of 8%-10% of energy that is consumed by utilising the braking energy. This helps earns carbon credit. The movement of double stack containers in some zones has helped save 45% energy consumption per container, while retrofitting of energy savers on diesel locos has led to 20% fuel savings.

Adoption of third-phase technology in suburban trains is also resulting in 25%-30% energy regeneration by utilising the braking energy in Electric Multiple Units trains in Mumbai. “Installation of regenerative braking in suburban trains in Mumbai will lead to an average saving of Rs 1.03 crore per annum per rake,” said an official.


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