If you are travelling from Paris to Amsterdam any time soon, you will be sat on a new train powered by solar energy!
A 2.2 mile long tunnel has been built through Antwerp, Belgium with 16,000 solar panels to produce 3,300 megawatts per hour of electricity, which is enough to power 4,000 trains a year!
A U.S based company, Enfinity developed this project to help reduce CO2 emissions, with this genius idea set to reduce emissions by 2,400 tonnes per year, which will most definitely help with the global issues confronting us all.
Commuters and students boarded the first green train in Antwerp on Monday, but the majority of them were completely unaware that the train was plugged into the solar energy source, which is fitted along the line.
Frederic Sacre, spokesman for Infralabel (the company that runs the rail), said that the electricity produced feeds into the line’s infrastructure for lighting, signals and in-train power points.
In total, the project cost £12 million, with the company hoping to take it to the U.S also, but the UK will not be incorporating this due to the financial cuts.
Bart van Renerghem from Enfinity had a bit of a rant to Sky News saying, “Apparently the UK Government is more concerned about the Treasury than the mid and long-term carbon reduction objectives that we have. Personally, I think it is short-sighted.” I think he has a point, but after the recent blog about hidden taxes, the country obviously can’t afford it and I doubt we want to be charged for it!
Maybe in a few years time, trains across the globe will be running on solar energy reducing our carbon emissions greatly and leading the way into a greener future?
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