An entire railway network that travels with the force of the wind alone: it seems impossible and yet it is reality. What are the benefits?
TRAINS traveling with the FORCE of the WIND: will they revolutionize mobility in other countries too?
The Groenetreins, literally “green trains”, are revolutionizing rail mobility. Yes, because these innovative trains travel driven by the force of the wind alone, without emitting harmful substances. The country that had the brilliant idea was Holland, which used its record (it’s the first country in the world for wind power generation!) to move 1.2 million passengers every day. What are the advantages of wind-blown trains?
# Wind-driven trains: more sustainable, cheaper and more constant in speed
Holland is the only country in the world where an entire railway line is powered by the force of the wind alone. In fact, for a few years already, Dutch passengers have been traveling every day along the 2.800 kilometers of line, driven by wind turbines and with an even lower price ticket. For travelers, therefore, not only is there the awareness of being 100% eco-sustainable, but there are real economic and time advantages, since wind energy allows you to maintain constant speed without slowing down.
# With only one wind turbine a train could travel for 200 kilometers
The implementation of the project is the result of an agreement between the manager of the railway network and the electricity company Eneco, which was awarded the contract for the supply of electricity produced by the wind. According to the agency’s estimates, a wind turbine is able to guarantee a train as much as 200 kilometers of autonomy, after only one hour of operation. Yet the Netherlands was not satisfied with the tremendous result achieved and has continued to invest in wind farms over the years, further reducing energy procurement times.
# An emission-free network that is nearly 3.000 kilometers long
Before the introduction of the Groenetreins, 20% of C02 emissions in the Netherlands depended precisely on railway mobility. Investments in wind power have completely eliminated this 20% and have allowed the entire national energy system to generate ever greater quantities of energy. To represent the size of the wind-driven Dutch railway network, suffice it to say that it is nearly 3.000 kilometers long, almost like the route to get from London to Morocco.
The advantages are there for everyone: a decrease in ticket prices for travelers, a lower production of pollutants for the environment and a long-term investment for the state. We hope that a similar system will be adapted and adopted also in other countries.