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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-08-11 03:26 PM
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Belgium Launches First Solar-Driven Train



The first train in Belgium driven by solar energy is to ride on Monday between Antwerp Central and Station Noorderkempen in Brecht.

According to a spokesperson for rail network manager Infrabel, the project is a "milestone" in the development of renewable energy.

The train is powered by some 16,000 solar panels on the so called "Zonnetunnel", a some 3,5 kilometres (2.2 miles) long tunnel between Schoten and Brasschaat, northern Belgium. The panels cover a surface of some 50,000 sq m (538,200 sq ft) and will generate 3,300 MWh electricity per year, or the yearly consumption of 950 households.

These solar panels are powering both trains and rail infrastructure, the spokesperson said, adding that the "green trains" are driving just as conventional trains and passengers will not notice any difference. .............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/10280472/belgium-lau...



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