A train successfully made its inaugural run using solar powered systems along the way, said Infrabel, the company that runs Belgium’s railroad network. Solar panels were installed atop a 3.4-kilometer length of man-made train tunnel that makes up part of the high-speed rail line running along the E19 highway between Amsterdam and Antwerp, Belgium
The solar energy generated by those tunnel panels can now power things like signaling, lighting, and heating for the Antwerp North-South junction and Antwerp Central Station, according to Enfinity.
The Solar Tunnel project, as it’s called, was a collaboration of the municipalities of Brasschaat and Schoten in Belgium, the solar installation company Solar Power Systems, and solar developer Enfinity.
Approximately 16,000 solar panels are in place and expected to produce 3,300 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, enough to power about 950 Belgium homes, according to Solar Power Systems.
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