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Brussels: Belgium has launched an ambitious project to power 170 trains by wind energy — and the first seven of the planned 25 turbines entered service on Saturday, local media reported on Sunday.

Sudpresse newspaper group said turbines will be built along the main rail line from Leuven to Liege, generating enough power for every high-speed and local train using the line.

The number of trains to be covered by the wind energy project represents about five percent of the country’s total rail traffic, Belgian rail-track operator Infrabel said.

Belgian broadcaster RTL reported that once all 25 turbines are operating, they are expected to produce 35,000 megawatt hours — enough energy to power 10,000 homes. About two-thirds of the produced electricity is needed for the rail line and the surplus will be added to the domestic electricity supply grid.

Philippe Van Troeye, production director at Belgian energy firm Electrabel, told reporters on Saturday: “Wind energy, like solar power, is intermittent, but it will play a more and more important role in our energy provision in the future.”

(IANS)

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‘Fog Pass’ a New Device To Help Driver’s Visibility By NFR

Indian Railways has already implemented 22 recommendations of the committee.

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Fog engulfs NCR to no visibility
Fog engulfs NCR to no visibility Picture credits: Wikimedia commons

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has introduced a portable device called the Fog Pass in trains that will help drivers’ visibility during the foggy winter months, an NFR spokesman said on Saturday

NFR chief spokesman Pranav Jyoti Sharma said that the device is a low-cost, Global Positioning System (GPS) based equipment to be used when visibility reduces and running trains at permissible speed becomes risky.

“The device is an audio-visual navigation assistant in essence and displays the name and distance of approaching signals and other critical landmarks on track like Level Crossing Gates,” Sharma said.

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15 trains were cancelled because of fog in New Delhi. IANS

“It also provides voice guidance on real-time basis.”

According to the spokesman, the device was not a permanent fixture but can be carried by drivers whenever required.

“It weighs less than 1.5 kg and operates on rechargeable Li-ion batteries which can run the device for 18 hours without recharging,” he said, adding that a total of 1,101 Fog Pass devices have been introduced in the NFR.

The introduction of the device is in line with the recommendation of the High-Level Safety Review Committee (Kakodkar Committee) constituted by the Ministry of Railways in 2011.

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A man passes through a railing while others board a train as they make their way home at the Cantonment railway station in Karachi, Pakistan. VOA

The Committee had given 106 recommendations, out of which 68 recommendations have been found fully acceptable and 19 partially acceptable.

Indian Railways has already implemented 22 recommendations of the committee. (IANS)