Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the principal passenger railway operator in the Netherlands, has announced that all of the Netherlands’ electric trains are now powered by wind.
The Dutch energy company Eneco won a tender two years ago, resulting in the companies signing a 10 year deal. The initial aim was that the trains would be 100% wind powered by January 2018 – meaning that they achieved their goal a year ahead of schedule.
A single wind turbine running for one hour provides enough energy to power an electric train for 120 miles. Just 3 strokes of an Eneco turbine is enough to power a train for 1km.
This exciting step is uniquely important, as it demonstrates the whole railway sector in the Netherlands decreasing its carbon footprint.
Along with recent technologies like Alstom’s Coradia iLint hydrogen-powered ‘zero-emission’ trains, such developments place the railway at the forefront of the green energy revolution.
NS intend to continue reducing the energy used by each passenger by 35% in 2020 as compared with 2005.
— UN Climate Action (@UNFCCC) January 10, 2017
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