“Solar panels have been fitted on rooftop of Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) trains of capability 4.5 KWp for catering to resort load. Blending of high-speed diesel with Biodiesel by 5% has additionally been began for railway locomotives. Running of DEMU trains with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) has additionally been launched as a pilot undertaking over 18 trains,” acknowledged the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, in a written reply to a query in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Depending on the event of related applied sciences, the Ministry can also work on the deployment of hydrogen propelled trains for long-distance routes within the coming years, stated Goyal. Though the Railways hasn’t deliberate the manufacturing of hydrogen fuel, the identical could be procured from sources in India, he added.
Citing a profitable instance of using hydrogen gas within the transportation business, Goyal stated: “In India, TATA motors has developed seven hydrogen fuel cell buses. All these vehicles are complying with International Safety Standards of Hydrogen Safety. International Standards Organisation, Society of Automotive Engineers and United Nations have published stringent safety standards for use of hydrogen in transport vehicles. Type test of these vehicles have shown that Hydrogen as a transport fuel is safe to handle and use.”
He additionally talked about that the protection of the passengers could be an integral a part of the technical specs of hydrogen-powered trains as effectively.