Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel (IROAF) on 10 July 2017 won the Golden Peacock Award for Eco Innovation for the year 2017 for introducing eco friendly and cost saving Dual Fuel 1400 HP Diesel engines on DEMU trains.
With this, Indian Railways achieved a major milestone in the field of eco-friendly fuel technologies. IROAF substituted fossil fuels (Diesel) by environment friendly CNG in DEMU passenger train services. The use of CNG in Train Sets for passenger transportation was done for the first time in the world.
This innovation is expected to reduce emissions by bringing down NOx by 16 per cent, CO2 by 6 per cent and Particulate Matter by 18 per cent besides achieving economy in fuel cost by 8 per cent.
Till now, 19 engines of DEMUs have been successfully converted into CNG based dual fuel engines with this technology.
This technology of 20 per cent substitution of diesel by CNG, has potential to save up to Rs 1360 crores annually if implemented over entire fleet of Diesel Locomotives of Indian Railways.
About Golden Peacock Awards
• Golden Peacock Awards were instituted by the Institute Of Directors (IOD), India in 1991.
• The awards are now regarded as a benchmark of Corporate Excellence worldwide and have become a hallmark of excellence, both locally & globally.
• Based on internationally recognised criteria, the credibility of these awards lies in the transparency depth & impartiality of the assessment process.
About Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel (IROAF)
IROAF is a unique organization under the Ministry of Railways which was established to explore new environment friendly fuels and eco- friendly technologies like substitution of diesel with CNG/LNG in train sets, replacing acetylene/LPG by CNG/LNG for metal cutting in Railway Workshops, etc.
The organization is a premier single window agency of Indian Railways to work as a knowledge base and explore and prove out new fuels and technologies for Indian Railways with a view to bring down Indian Railways fuel bill and at the same time achieve a shift towards greener fuels.
What: Awarded to IROAF
When: 10 July 2017
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