Winds of Change For Dutch Trains
Author: Claire Bell
In a world first, NS Dutch Railways and Eneco have announced that the country's electric trains will be 100% powered by wind energy from 1st January 2017.
Historically, The Netherlands is known as a landscape dotted with windmills. It may now become known for its wind turbines. In a world first, NS Dutch Railways and partner, energy company Eneco, have announced the country's electric trains are now 100% powered by wind energy, as of January 1st, 2017.
The partnership has achieved this feat a full year ahead of the original target date of January 2018.
"Trains run exclusively on electricity from new renewable energy sources," said Eneco. "To make that possible, Eneco has invested in new wind farms and other green energy production with NS to make climate-neutral travel a reality."
The Netherlands has 2,200 wind farms and there are plans to invest in more. NS Railways consumes 1.2 billion kWh of wind electricity, transporting 600,000 passengers across their network daily.
The turbines work by wind turning the blades, which in turn spin a shaft connected to a generator, producing the electricity. It takes three strokes of a wind turbine to drive a train one kilometre.
The Victorian state government recently announced a similar scheme under which Melbourne's tram network would become fully solar powered. 75MW of solar farms will be built specifically to power the trams, with the first power plant expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Other countries leading the way in renewable energy include Denmark, which produces 40% of its energy from renewable sources, with a target of 50% by 2020. Scotland recently produced more energy in one day from wind turbines than was used by the population, and Germany produces nearly 30% of its energy from renewable sources.
This Dutch achievement is a positive demonstration that renewable energy can in deed power a modern economy and society. It also sets an example - challenging the rest of the world to keep up.
There are many ways you can support renewable energy projects, here’s a few:
- Consider where your power comes from and find out if you can sign up for energy from renewable sources from local energy provider.
- Support businesses who are investing in renewable energy technology.
- Find out how your workplace could use energy from solar panels with Planet Ark Power.
Claire is Planet Ark's Recycling Campaign Manager. After working in the communications industry and raising a young family, she joined Planet Ark to follow her passion for helping the environment.
- A turning point in carbon dioxide emissions? »
- The solar-powered plant bringing drinking water to those in need »
- Bringing back the beauty of darkness »
- South Korea’s capital leading the way on solar »
- Australian university saving big with innovative renewable energy project »
- After over a century as Australia’s coal capital, Newcastle is going renewable »
- Scottish council harnessing energy from wastewater for heating »
- Climate activism empowering youth worldwide »
- Kenya powers forward with Africa’s largest wind farm »
- Canberra to become first Australian jurisdiction powered by 100% renewable energy »
- Britain's coal-free week the first since 1882 »
- The Icelandic project turning dangerous emissions to stone »
- Former prison providing site of community-led energy revolution »
- The remote community that saved its water and its future »
- California reaches 2020 renewable energy goal ahead of schedule »
- Australia's biggest coal mining company to freeze production »
- Global energy giant to produce household battery systems in Australia »
- Aussie posties to go green with electric trikes »
- First power to flow from world's biggest offshore wind farm »
- The man proving electric vehicles are more than ready for Australia »
- Positive steps in climate change action in 2018 »
- The tiny archipelago blazing a trail towards sustainability »
- New renewable energy now as cheap as existing coal stations »
- World's largest shipping company commits to phasing out fossil fuels »
- Spain bids farewell to coal »
- The new zero-emissions fuel made from mankind's most common byproduct »
- California commits to 100% clean energy by 2045 »
- 1 terawatt global solar and wind target reached early »
- Ireland divests from fossil fuels in world first »
- The light at the end of the tunnel is made with LEDs »
- Mexico City is bartering its recyclable waste for food »
- Monash's 100% renewable electricity plan »
- African women joining the microgrid revolution »
- Renewables produced more than twice as much new energy as fossil fuels in 2017 »
- RMIT develops new proton battery prototype »
- South Australia declared a world leader in variable solar/wind energy »
- UK renewables created three times the power of coal in 2017 »
- Byron Bay celebrates the arrival of the world's first fully solar-powered train »
- Liddell's renewable replacement will flick the switch and come in cheaper than coal »
- Planet Ark Power and Llewellyn Motors launch one of Australia's largest privately owned solar and smart battery rooftop power stations »
- Supercharging South Australia with Tesla Powerpacks »
- Flying Dutch claim victory for the 7th time in the World Solar Challenge »
- Aussie innovators compete for the climate on the world stage »
- In the wake of the quake: Japanese towns choose energy self-sufficiency »
- Better demand management essential as electric cars hit the road »
- HIH GreenSmart Awards celebrate Australia's most sustainable homes »
- An electric future for driving »
- Aurora, the world's largest solar thermal plant coming to Port Augusta »
- India's renewable energy target to create 300,000 jobs »
- AECOM and Canadian energy storage start-up will cut costs by putting power under the pump »
- Aiming for a zero-carbon future within 10 years »
- World's largest crop of tequila plant set to fuel green energy in far north Queensland »
- Capturing Carbon to Tackle Climate Change »
- Printable Solar Panels a Game Changer »
- LEGO - Building Environmental Milestones One Block at a Time »
- Video: Tesla's Elon Musk Talks Solar Homes, Boring Company and Electric Trucks »
- South Australia Leading the Way on Renewable Energy Target »
- Indigenous Communities Embrace Renewable Energy »
- A New Wave of Energy for Western Australia »
- Using The Energy From a Soccer Ball to Light Up Learning »
- Increased Battery Use Proves Reliability and Accessibility of Solar Power »
- Solar and Wind Energy Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels in More Than 30 Countries »
- Launch of Positive Environment News »