Many countries are increasingly willing to use renewable energy to power their transport infrastructure, as exemplified by India, which has built a solar farm near one of the airports. The Netherlands is also moving in that direction and has just announced a bold plan to supply the entire national rail network with wind power.
The Netherlands will soon join the list of countries whose entire rail system will only be powered by wind power, and plans to do so by 2018. Eneco’s energy company Eneco and VIVENS in the rail transport sector will jointly implement this plan. Together they will strive to shift the electric traction grid to energy produced exclusively from renewable sources.
The plan is not as ambitious as it may have been, as wind farms already provide roughly half of the electricity consumed by trains, which carry 1.2 million passengers a day. The Dutch do not start this project from scratch.