Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel Won Golden Peacock Award for Eco Innovation (Download PDF)

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Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel (IROAF) won Golden Peacock Award for Eco Innovation for 2017 for introducing eco-friendly and cost saving dual fuel 1400 HP Diesel engines on DEMU trains.

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  • Major landmark for Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel (IROAF)
  • Awarded National level “Golden Peacock Award for the Year 2017 for Eco-Innovation” for substitution of fossil fuels (Diesel) by CNG in DEMU passenger train services.
  • Use of CNG done first time in the world- successfully substituted diesel fuel with CNG upto 20%.
  • Reduce emissions- bringing down NOx by 16%, CO2 by 6 % and Particulate Matter by 18%, achieving economy in fuel cost by 8%.
  • Potential to save upto Rs. 1360 crores annually if implemented over entire fleet of Diesel Locomotives of Indian Railways
  • 40 % substitution is at present being developed by IROAF

About Golden Peacock Awards

  • Instituted by the Institute of Directors (IOD) in 1991
  • Regarded as a benchmark of Corporate Excellence worldwide
  • Transparency & impartiality of the assessment process.

About IROAF

  • Established by Ministry of Railways to explore new environment friendly fuels- renewable energy and eco- friendly technologies in Railways:

    • Substitution of diesel with CNG/LNG
    • Replacing acetylene and LPG by CNG and LNG for metal cutting
    • Promoting Bio-Diesel
    • Roof top solar generation systems
    • Solar energy on roofs of passenger and freight trains
    • Setting up of waste to energy plants for converting Bio-Waste into energy
    • Developing hydrogen based fuel cell technologies
  • Premier agency of Indian Railways to explore and prove new fuels and technologies for Indian Railways to reduce fuel bill and shift towards greener fuels and renewable energy.

What is EMU?

  • Electric Multiple Unit or EMU has motors beneath the passenger cars vs. normal situation where passengers coaches are not self-propelling and a locomotive hauls the train.
  • EMUs have higher acceleration and retardation compared to normal locomotive hauled train
  • Enables EMUs to serve the primary purpose of catering to smaller stations, by having quick start and stop functionality

DEMU Vs. MEMU

In Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU), the primary source is electrical power while in Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU), the primary source is diesel. A diesel engine powers an alternator and subsequently feeds the electric motors- result is same difference is in how they are powered externally.

MEMU

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Image of MEMU Train

Image of MEMU Train

DEMU

 Image of DEMU Train

Image of DEMU Train

Image of DEMU Train

- Published/Last Modified on: August 1, 2017

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