New Delhi: The Government is working on developing Hydrogen powered Suburban Train. The details will be worked out based on the response of Expression of Interest (EOI), which has been floated, said Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal. Hydrogen is planned to be sourced from industry in India, he said.
- Shri Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha said,”Hydrogen production is not planned by Indian Railways. The decision on deployment of hydrogen propelled trains for long distance routes will be based on the development of the technology.”
- In India, TATA motors has developed seven hydrogen fuel cell buses.
- All these vehicles are complying with International Safety Standards of Hydrogen Safety, he said.
- International Standards Organisation, Society of Automotive Engineers and United Nations have published stringent safety standards for use of hydrogen in transport vehicles.
- Type test of these vehicles have shown that Hydrogen as a transport fuel is safe to handle and use. Similarly, safety aspects concern for passengers shall be an integral part of the technical specifications of the hydrogen powered trains.
- The Minister said,”Solar panels have been fitted on roof top of Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) trains of capacity 4.5 KWp for catering to hotel load. Blending of high speed diesel with Bio-diesel by 5% has also been started for railway locomotives. Running of DEMU trains with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) has also been introduced as pilot project over 18 trains.”