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Trains are an interesting and environmentally-friendly way to travel. In hot and crowded countries like India, however, comfort might be a poor adjective to describe the experience of the average train passenger. But Indian Railways, a government owned and operated rail network, recently announced that it would be tapping the power of the sun to make traveling in its coach cars a more palatable experience. A partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology will allow the installation of solar harvesting equipment that will supply enough electricity for on-board air conditioning, as well as more efficient internal lighting.
India is a hot and crowded country, and its railway cars are no exception. According to the Times of India, the railways anticipate a huge demand for air conditioned coaches in the coming years (ahem, climate change) and diesel generators leave much to be desired, especially in the way of price.
“The concept of solar-powered air conditioners will be extremely beneficial to the train industry. Larger railways that take passengers through multiple climates will benefit the most from this technology. There have been many instances of current air conditioning methods failing, sometimes when they are in tortuous heat,” reported Digital Journal.