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India launches its first solar powered train with bio toilets

The Railways have launched India’s first solar-powered local here with a battery bank facility that ensures sufficient power even in the absence of sunlight.

  1. The electrical need of the coaches will be produced by solar panels.
  2. This is one of the most environment friendly DEMU (diesel electric multiple unit) trains – uses bio toilets, water recycling and even harnesses wind energy.
  3. The first rake of the train will be put in commercial service over the suburban railway system of Delhi division shortly (via).
  4. The solar powered DEMU train with six trailer coaches will save about 21,000 litres of diesel, thereby saving ?12 lakh every year!
  5. The solar panels  have been developed and fitted by the Indian Railways Organization of Alternative Fuel (IROAF).

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