Solar tunnel powers part of Paris-Amsterdam train line

Jun 06, 2011
Workers install solar panels for the Hybrid solar lighting (HSL) tunnel in Brasschaat, Belgium in 2010. High-speed international trains linking Paris and Amsterdam became the first in Europe to use electricity generated by solar panels installed in a tunnel on the line.

High-speed international trains linking Paris and Amsterdam as of Monday became the first in Europe to use electricity generated by solar panels installed in a tunnel on the line.

At a cost of 15.6 million euros, project managers say the 3.6-kilometre tunnel crossing Antwerp, in northern Belgium, is fitted with 16,000 covering 50,000 square metres, roughly eight football pitches.

The panels produce 3,300 per hour of electricity, or the average annual consumption of nearly 1,000 families.

The first "green train" left Antwerp on Monday for the Dutch border. While it was filled as usual with commuters and students, for a dozen or so kilometres, its engines plugged into the solar energy source fitted along the line.

The electricity produced feeds into the line's infrastructure, for lighting, signals and in-train power points, said Frederic Sacre, spokesman for Infrabel, which runs the rail network.

"By using electricity generated on-site, we eliminate and transport costs," said Steven De Tollenaere, head of project developers Enfinity, which leans on state subsidies backing that meets clean climate goals.

The company hopes the project will allow it to develop new installations in the United States and other parts of the world, citing train hangars as ideal sites for such charging points in the future.

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exBrit
5 / 5 (2) Jun 06, 2011
Once again, appalling editing, this time in the title sentence.
The solar panels are on the tunnel, not in the tunnel.
am_Unition
5 / 5 (1) Jun 06, 2011
Once again, appalling editing, this time in the title sentence.
The solar panels are on the tunnel, not in the tunnel.


You know what? Thank you.

Even the bolded introduction biffed that up.
Noumenal
4.5 / 5 (2) Jun 06, 2011
Yup, I too was left scratching in my head.
Vendicar_Decarian
5 / 5 (4) Jun 06, 2011
50,000 square meters of panels could produce about 7.5 megawatts of power peak.

"The panels produce 3,300 megawatts per hour of electricity, or the average annual consumption of nearly 1,000 families." = Article

Above the article author confuses power (watts) with energy.

gwrede
1 / 5 (1) Jun 07, 2011
I really, really wish that we could give separate rankings for subject matter and for editorial work.

It's hard to imagine PhysOrg bosses and owners wouldn't be interested in the latter! And it wouldn't cost anything either.
Justsayin
1 / 5 (1) Jun 09, 2011
"generated by solar panels installed in a tunnel on the line."

Appalling editing known about since 06-06-11 and still not corrected as of 06-09-11