Electric trains in the Netherlands are now powered by wind energy, the Dutch national railways company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), has revealed. Two years ago, the company offered a contract, which was won by Dutch electricity company Eneco. The companies signed a 10-year deal in which they agreed January 2018 to be the date by which all NS trains would run on wind energy.
The companies have accomplished their goals ahead of schedule, however. Recently built wind farms in the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland will supply the NS trains with needed electricity.
In June, Chile’s Santiago Metro announced that it will become the first to receive most of its energy supply from new and renewable sources. The solar power project, El Pelicano (The Pelican), will supply the metro with 42% of its energy needs, which will eliminate the emission of 130,000 tons of CO2 per annum. The remaining 40% will come from Chile-based electric distribution company Chilectra.
Several countries have taken steps to introduce renewable energy to their railway systems. In September, French company Alstom unveiled its zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered passenger train, called the Cordia iLint. Already nicknamed the “hydrail,” the Coradia iLint was revealed at Berlin’s InnoTrans Trade Fair—the world’s largest rail industry trade fair. The hydrail is expected to begin operations in Germany’s Lower Saxony in 2018, on the Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line.
Meanwhile, Sweden has introduced the world’s first electric highway covering a 13-mile (22-kilometer) stretch of the E16 highway, linking Gävle, Sweden to Oslo, Norway. The electric strip has been fitted with overhead powerlines by Siemens, which connect to hybrid trucks.