Solar energy to power high-speed trains

27 Oct 2010
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Solar energy to power high-speed trains

A solar power company has announced that it is to fit energy-generating panels to railway tunnels and use the power in the high-speed trains which travel through them.

Enfinity unveiled the $20.1 million (£12.6 million) ambitious plans for the line connecting Amsterdam and Paris, with around 50,000 square metres of solar panels set to be installed by the firm.

The company said this equates to around eight football fields of solar panels altogether.

Patrick Decuyper, chief executive officer of Enfinity Europe, said: "In the months to come, a large technical team will install more than 16,000 monocrystalline solar panels on the roof with a special ballast tile structure, with no rooftop perforations required."

The Belgian railway infrastructure manager Infrabel is to use the renewable energy produced by the solar panels in the Antwerp North-South junction and on trains using the Amsterdam-Brussels-Paris line.

Enfinity recently announced that it is to create a UK base for its renewable energy operations in Liverpool. 

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