The solared power DEMU is going was been tested for it’s reliablity and power consumption in Jodhpur division (NWR).It would be running between Delhi and Farukhnagar.
Indian Railways are in their way to use more and more of renewable resources to run their train.The solar powered DEMU consisting of 6 coaches with solar panel on it’s roofs which would be saving INR 20 lakh as no diesel would be consumed.
Last year, Northern Railways had fitted one coach of the Rewari-Sitapur passenger with solar panels. However, this would be the first DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) broad gauge train, in which all coaches have solar panels, says Railways. Solar panel fitted coaches already run on narrow-gauge trains plying on Pathankot-Jogindernagar route in Kangra Valley section and Kalka-Shimla section.
The solar DEMU have 6 coaches having 12 solar panel each on the roofs which are expected to generate 300W and 3.6KW per coach which are more than enough of power for running lights and fans.
More solar panel or more efficient solar panels are been looked for powering ACs in the coaches.