Belgium wind energy to power 170 trains

Belgium wind energy to power 170 trains

wind energy to power trains

Belgium plans to power 170 trains with wind energy in an ambitious project recently reported by local media. The project consists of 25 wind turbines to be installed along their main rail line, from Leuven to Liege, 7 of which have already become operational this month.
Once all wind turbines are installed and operating, they are expected to produce 35,000 MWh of energy, which will be about 66% of the electricity needed for the trains, with the rest being added to the domestic grid for use by households.
According to the Belgian railtrack operator Infrabel, the installed wind turbines will only generate enough electricity to power the main line, which makes up 5% of the total rail traffic for the country.
Production director at Belgian energy firm Electrabel, Philippe Van Troeye told local reporters, “Wind energy, like solar power, is intermittent, but it will play a more and more important role in our energy provision in the future.”
Belgium generated 1,959MW of electricity through wind energy in 2014, which is an increase of 18.7% from the previous year. Most of the wind power in the country is offshore and there are at least 119 wind farms currently in operation.
According to Wikipedia, Belgium is committed to generating 13% of its energy requirements through renewable sources by 2020.

Posted By Sally on October 29, 2015 | 0 Comment

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