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Railway Board order announces closure of green fuel wing

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 10, Sep 2021
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  • The Ministry of Railways has announced the closure of the Indian Railways Organisation for Alternative Fuels (IROAF), an enterprise headquartered in New Delhi
  • IROAF was exclusively formed to promote green energy by introducing alternative energy, fuel efficient and emission-control technologies across the railway network.
  • The IROAF had invited bids just last month in August for Hydrogen Fuel Cell-based trains to kickstart the concept of hydrogen mobility in the country along the 89-km Sonipat-Jind sector of Northern Railway
  • Four years ago, the country’s first solar-powered train was launched where the entire electrical needs of the train like lights, fans and other systems were met by power generated by solar panels fitted atop coaches of a DEMU.
  • The IROAF was also working on research and development of projects relating to use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a substitute to high-speed diesel to create a clean environment and reduce cost of transportation.
  • The existing work handled by IROAF — Solar Power and Hydrogen Fuel Cell projects — was transferred to Northern Railway.