Indian Railways Usher in Solar Power for Electrification

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Indian Railways Usher in Solar Power for Electrification

spcma 128x100 button Indian Railways Usher in Solar Power for ElectrificationSolar Power Commercial Market Applications” width=”128″ height=”100″ />Indian Railways is reining in solar power for electrification of railway system assets and bringing in improved technologies to bring down emissions from locomotive engines in its attempt to assay environmental contamination and economize energy.


Solar energy is the radiant light and heat from the Sun that has been harnessed by humans since ancient times using a range of ever-evolving technologies. Solar radiation along with secondary solar resources such as wind and wave power, hydroelectricity and biomass account for most of the available renewable energy on Earth. Only a minuscule fraction of the available solar energy is used.

Solar energy technologies provide electrical generation by means of heat engines or photovoltaics. Once converted its uses are only limited by human ingenuity. A partial list of solar applications includes space heating and cooling through solar architecture, potable water via distillation and disinfection, daylighting, hot water, thermal energy for cooking, and high temperature process heat for industrial purposes.

A consultancy for reducing of exhaust discharges from diesel engines has already been approved and the work is coming along.

In addition to this, diverse technology betterments are being adopted up on diesel locos to better operating capabilities and bring down unburnt fuels to check global warming.

Solar power is also being reined in for electrification of manned level crossings, administrative buildings, training institutes, canteens and hospitals and for water heating functions.

At present, 128 level crossings and four stations in West Central Railway have already been provided with solar panels for electrification purpose.

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