A Nagpur-based entrepreneur claims to have devised a technique to harness the wind pressure on a moving train to generate power, and has even obtained 22 national and International patents for the concept. “The technique has the potential to generate 14.81 lakh MW of power in India alone, with its 63,000 route kms of railways and 14,300 trains operating every day.”
Santosh Pradhan, Chief Executive Officer of a private Engineering firm said. “My calculations show that every single km of the network of the Indian Railways can generate 20.89 MW of power every day. In fact, nearly 10,000 MW of electricity can be generated in Mumbai alone, on the suburban train network of the metropolis,” he said.
Explaining the concept, Pradhan said that wind pressure is created on the front surface of the engine of a moving train. “This pressure can be harnessed using a system of turbo-chargers and impellers to generate a huge quantity of compressed air. A system of pipes and impellers can transmit this compressed air to the roof of the train. From there, it can be transferred to a matching system of impellers and pipes suspended from the fixtures of the overhead equipment above the track,” he said. Read More