European solar tunnel to power high-speed trains

Solar panels covering a 2.2-mile Belgian tunnel will generate enough electricity to power 4,000 high-speed trains traveling between Paris and Amsterdam each year. The tunnel was built to protect trains from falling trees in a forest near Antwerp. “For train operators, it is the perfect way to cut their carbon footprints because you can use spaces that have no other economic value and the projects can be delivered within a year because they don’t attract the protests that wind power does,” Bart Van Renterghem, the UK head of Belgian company Enfinity, which installed the panels, told the Guardian. Link to full story in Autopia.

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