India’s first hydrogen-powered train will run on the Jind–Sonipat section of the Northern Railway. Indian Railways (IR) expects to commence field trials of the hydrogen train on this route within a year.
Notably, Indian Railways plans to run 35 hydrogen trains on various heritage/hill routes under the “Hydrogen for Heritage” program. The cost per train is estimated at INR 80 crore ($9.76 million) and the ground infrastructure will cost INR 70 crore per route.
Indian Railways has awarded a pilot project for the retro fitment of hydrogen fuel cell on the existing diesel-electric multiple unit (DEMU) rake to be run on the Jind–Sonipat section.
In a separate development, Indian Railways’ biggest solar plant at Bhilai in Chhattisgarh is reportedly ready for operation. South East Central Railway (SECR) will offtake power generated from this 50 MWp ground-mount project.
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