The Indian railway system has always been a major contributor to the running and speeding up of the Indian economy. Indian railway system is also an important means of generating maximum employment opportunities in India. Due to which it has been seen for the last few years that the government is also taking many important steps to improve the railway system and make it more convenient. In which some steps like running private train, privatization of railway stations have proved to be very important.
Under these efforts, Indian Railways is now preparing to run trains based on hydrogen technology. In order to make this new program a success, Railways has also invited different investors to bid on this project. Indian Railways is planning to use hydrogen fuel based cells through retrofitting technology on Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) on the 89-km-long Sonepat-Jind route under Northern Railway. To implement this plan, the Railways has invited bids from different investors. Through this new technology, Indian Railways will try to know whether the existing diesel engine running trains can be retrofitted to use hydrogen fuel.
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Issuing a statement, the Railways has said that “Retrofitting a diesel engine-powered DEMU and converting it to a hydrogen fueled train set will not only save Rs 2.3 crore, but also save 11.12 kg every year.” Tons of carbon emissions can also be reduced.
According to the railways, after the successful completion of this pilot project, work can be started on the plan to run all the stocks running on diesel fuel by hydrogen fuel through electrification. The deadline for submission of tender for bidding in this railway project is from 21 September 2021 to 5 October 2021.