1st Solar Tunnel to Help Power High-Speed Trains

The first solar powered tunnel for a high speed rail line was switched on in Europe a little less than a year ago. While not exactly hot news, it seemed like a still important story worth quickly covering here on Planetsave.

The two-mile tunnel is a part of the Paris to Amsterdam line and it’s the first solar-powered tunnel in Europe. It will save a large amount of energy that would otherwise have been wasted during the train’s journey.

“Now Paris and Amsterdam obviously aren’t two miles apart. But this thing features a 16,000 solar panel array that could power 50% of the entire Antwerp station where the first train to pass through it departed from.”

As these systems become more widely used, they will help to significantly reduce the energy imported to run the trains and stations.

Source: Gizmodo

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