Some United Kingdom Trains May Run On Solar By 2020

UK railway companies could save £4.5 million a year by moving to solar, according to a new study

Wired UK has reported that there’s a chance that by the year 2020, trains may be powered by solar energy. Research by the Imperial College and 10:10, a green energy charity, has found that solar energy will be able to provide 10% of the power needed to fuel the United Kingdom’s DC-powered routes. The solar project can also:
  • Provide 6% of the London’s Underground power requirement
  • 20% of the Merseyrail network can be supplied by solar power
  • Rail networks close to the equator can also be completely powered by solar
This study has concentrated on confirming that the power of a typical solar farm site could be matched with the patterns of train energy use. The good news is that this is technically feasible and economically attractive Nathaniel Bottrell, project overseer and a researcher at Imperial College
Click here to read the full story on Wired UK

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Written by Jon Capistrano

Jon specialises in research and content creation for our outreach campaigns. He’s worked as a technical support representative for Dell, America Online, Xbox and Dodo Australia. He’s an avid scooterist and musician.

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