IIT Kanpur’s Hydrogen-Fueled Train Launch Promises Sustainable Transit in India

May 13, 2024
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Artist Impression of Hydrogen Train(Source: discord)

The Indian Railways and IIT Kanpur are collaborating to develop India’s first hydrogen-fuelled train engine. This groundbreaking initiative is set to revolutionize the Indian railway system, making it more sustainable and eco-friendly.

A cutting-edge lab called “Center for Railway Research” has been established by IIT Kanpur. This center is dedicated to developing the engine’s technology and will house advanced research facilities along with a team of skilled scientists and engineers.

The hydrogen-powered engine will be manufactured at the Electric Loco Shed, FMGD (Fazalganj), Kanpur. This facility has the expertise and infrastructure to handle such complex projects. Indian Railways has allocated 5 billion rupees for this project, demonstrating its commitment to innovation and sustainability.

The startups of IIT will collaborate with the Railways to develop and supply engine components and spare parts. The focus of the project will be on developing energy-saving technologies for future trains, aiming to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

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The expertise of IIT will be instrumental in developing the engine’s technology and ensuring its success. Although no official timeline has been announced, the project is expected to make significant progress in the coming years. The Indian railway system will be revolutionized by this project, making trains significantly cleaner than diesel or electric trains as hydrogen-powered trains emit only water vapor.

As hydrogen is a more sustainable and cost-effective fuel source, it leads to lower operating costs for the Railways. The project will reduce dependence on foreign companies and promote domestic innovation by developing the engine technology in India.

In short, the development of a hydrogen-powered train engine is a significant step towards a greener and more sustainable future for the Indian Railways. Powered by the collaboration between IIT Kanpur and the Indian Railways, this project has the potential to transform the transportation sector and contribute to a cleaner environment. Thus, the Vande Bharat in its new avatar will attract more passengers.

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