TNPSC Current Affairs July 2017,10
Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel (IROAF) is a special unit of railway has won the prestigious Golden Peacock Award for Eco Innovation for the year 2017 for introducing environment friendly CNG in DEMU Passenger train for the substitution of fossil fuel (Diesel)
About IROAF and its eco-friendly fuel:
- IROAF was established by Ministry of Railways to explore new environment friendly fuels/ renewable energy and eco- friendly technologies.
- IROAF has introduced CNG based dual fuel 1400 HP engine against the diesel fuel was the first in the world to be used in train sets for passenger.
- This will help to reduce the emissions by bringing down Nox by 16 Per cent , CO2 by 6% and Particulate matter by 18 Per cent also achieving economy in fuel cost by 8 Per cent.
- At present 20% substitution of diesel by CNG, has potential to save up to Rs.1360 Cr annually, if implemented over entire fleet of Diesel Locomotives of Indian Railways.