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By 2018, Dutch rail will be fully powered by wind
The Netherlands, a nation that’s been keen on harnessing the power of the wind since pretty much forever, has announced that in an effort to slash transport-related carbon emissions, its entire electric train network — all 1,800 miles of it — will run on energy produced at European wind farms. To be clear, Dutch trains already partially run on wind turbine-generated juice, a hugely impressive feat. But never a kingdom to rest on its laurels when it comes to sustainable transport, the Netherlands is now eying an ambitious total switch-over to wind power within three short years.
As reported by Railway Technology, a 50 percent wind power benchmark — a benchmark first established in 2014 through an agreement between Rotterdam-headquartered energy supplier Eneco and VIVENS, a consortium of Dutch rail carriers including state-owned Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) — will be reached by the end of this year.
By 2016, that figure will jump to 70 percent and, in 2017, 95 percent. By 2018, all electric trains in the Netherlands, which carry an estimated 1.2 million passengers per day, will be wind-powered.
Roughly half of the wind farms powering the Netherlands’ 1.5kV DC electric rail system will be domestic operations, while the other half will be carefully selected farms located in neighboring Belgium and in Scandinavian nations.
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