Wind Powers Electric Trains in the Netherlands in World’s First

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In a world that’s heavily dependent on fossil fuel, the Netherlands is pushing for renewable energy. It recently launched the wind-powered electric trains, the first of its kind in the world.

Committed to decreasing its dependency on fossil fuels, the Dutch government has fast-tracked its new generation of railways. In fact, the Dutch railways network has launched the project a year ahead of its target, the Daily Mail reported.

100% Wind-Powered Trains

This makes 100% of the country’s electric trains running using renewable energy. At least 600,000 Dutch are riding trains in the Netherlands. Their railway system operates at least 5,500 trips daily.

The railway system will be powered by wind power from energy firm Eneco. The project was launched two years ago when NS and Eneco entered into a partnership to build the world’s first wind-powered trains.

Ton Boon, NS spokesman, said these wind-powered trains have started operating last January 1. The company emphasized that this only covers electric trains and does not include other trains.

According to the report, wind energy generated for an hour can power an electric train up to 120 miles. Overall, the Dutch government hopes that this initiative would lower the energy consumption on trains by 35 percent by 2020 compared to 2015.

NS, Eneco Partnership

Meanwhile, Netherland’s total power requirement for wind energy was pegged at 1.2B kWh. This translates to the total energy requirement of all the households in Amsterdam, said Eneco’s Michel Kerkhof in a statement.

But with the partnership with Eneco and NS, this power-generating capacity can be expanded exponentially. This would mean building of more wind turbines parks to meet the growing demand for wind energy to power other sectors.

“This partnership ensures that new investments can be made in even newer wind farms, which will increase the share of renewable energy. In this way, the Dutch railways aim to reduce the greatest negative environmental impact caused by CO2 in such a way that its demand actually contributes to the sustainable power generation in the Netherlands and Europe,” Kerkhof said.

So far since 2005, NS has reduced its energy consumption by 30 percent. NS also plans to continue cutting its energy consumption by 2 percent each year. Each year, NS requires an average of 1.4 TWh of energy to power its electric trains.

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