So­lar Train

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

The In­dian Rail­ways will soon in­tro­duce the world’s first so­lar-pow­ered train. The train will be to­tally lo­cally made and will use a mix of ther­mal and so­lar energy, in­stead of diesel. The idea of mak­ing a so­lar train has been de­rived by ‘So­lar Im­pulse’, an ex­per­i­men­tal so­lar-pow­ered Swiss air­craft which had landed in In­dia a few months ear­lier. With rooftop so­lar pan­els, the so­lar train will op­er­ate like a mo­bile so­lar power plant, as it will not only meet its energy re­quire­ments on its own, but will also ex­port power to the grid. Cur­rently, the so­lar train is in a test­ing phase.

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