Thursday, 16 June 2011

Started the first European solar train

The first passenger "green train" in Europe today has gone from Antwerp to the border with the Netherlands, using solar energy.

International high-speed train linking Paris and Amsterdam will become the first train in Europe to one of his section on using electricity obtained from solar panels installed on the tunnel over the railway, AFP quoted.

Project officials said that the tunnel in Antwerp, Belgium in the north, 3.6 miles long and is worth 15.6 million euros, will be covered with 16,000 solar panels area of ​​50,000 square meters, or as eight soccer stadiums.

The electricity will supply the infrastructure at the track, lights, signals and serve the needs of the train, and will also be supplied to Antwerp.

Panels, the Belgian company builds solar power "Enfiniti" will produce 3,300 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, corresponding to an average annual consumption of approximately 950 families.

It is estimated that these panels save 47.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions during the two decades.

"Using electricity produced on site, eliminating loss of energy and transportation costs, "said the director of "Enfiniti" Steven de Tolenaere.

The company hopes that she will allow the project to develop a new installation in the U.S. and elsewhere, saying that the railway sheds ideal places for such installation in the future.

Solar energy is considered a method for reducing carbon emissions from the sector railways.

The possibility of applying such technology is considered in the U.S. on the fast track Tucson-Phoenix, Arizona.

In Italy, the EU finance installing solar panels on the roof of the train, which provide electricity for air conditioning coaches, while France is also considering the possibility of introducing the technology to use electricity for lighting and air conditioning trains in the region of Poitou-Sarent.

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