First Solar Energy Train Launched in Belgium

Yesterday, on June, 7th, the first “ecological” train was set into service in Antwerp, Belgium. The train, which works with solar energy from 16,000 solar panels is part of a project called Solar Tunnel, which is meant to introduce more and more trains, which function with the help of solar energy. This project is a result of a cooperation between between Belgian rail operator Infrabel, renewable energy developer Enfinity, the municipalities of Brasschaat and Schoten, intermunicipal financing companies FINEA and IKA, and solar construction company Solar Power Systems. The solar energy will be used in the Antwerp North-South junction (including Antwerp Central Station) by the trains and station servicing both conventional and high-speed trains. Solar energy is used to generate power for the trains and the infrastructure (signalling, lighting, heating of railway stations etc.,).

First Train in Belgium Using Solar Energy
First Train in Belgium Using Solar Energy

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