NFR moves to cut down fossil fuel consumption

The Indian Railways is one of the biggest consumers of fossil fuel in the form of diesel.

NFR moves to cut down fossil fuel consumption

The Indian Railways is one of the biggest consumers of fossil fuel in the form of diesel. Thousands of diesel locomotives that are in operation and diesel operated generators in LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) model trains consume lot of diesel oil.

However, of late various initiatives have been taken by NFR to cut down the use of fossil fuel in line with the environment friendly policies of the Railway Ministry. This is expected to not only cut down the train operation cost but also the precious foreign exchange of the country which is needed to import fossil fuel apart from reducing air pollution.

LHB coaches are the passenger coaches of Indian Railways that have been developed by Linke-Hofmann-Busch of Germany (renamed Alstom LHB GmbH in 1998 after the takeover by Alstom) and mostly produced by Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, India. "Auxiliary Power Unit" (APU) have already been fitted in 94 out of 399 diesel locomotives in NFR for saving of diesel fuel consumption when the engine is kept in idle condition.

Normally a diesel engine consumes about 25 ltrs of diesel per hour during idling condition i.e. when the train is not moving. But with the use of APU the idling consumption gets reduced by 1/10 to just 2.5 ltrs per hour. Thus huge quantity of diesel oil can be saved.