They are electric, environmentally-friendly and they are powered by renewable energy: the Dutch trains of the national railway company Nederlandse Spoorwegen, since 1 January 2017, are powered by wind energy, transporting 600.000 passengers per day with zero CO2 emissions.
The great news was announced by the national railway company that, in partnership with Eneco, the company that manages the electricity in the Netherlands, has reached the target a year earlier than planned in the sustainability program prepared by the company which aimed to make 100% green the rail network for the beginning of 2018.
The goal was achieved early thanks to increase in power plants installed in the area and in the surrounding areas. Wind energy in the Netherlands is, indeed, more competitive with coal and railway company can count on a number of wind farms built in Finland, Sweden and Belgium which should produce, in a single year, about 1,4 billion kWh of electricity. Eneco, indeed, for its part, has committed to allocate to the maintenance of electric trains 2% of revenues from the sale of clean electricity surplus. The Nederlandse Spoorwegen, which performs every day 5.500 routes, consumes annually about 1,2 billion kWh, while according to the estimates provided by the company train a wind turbine working for an hour can power a train for almost 200 kilometers. The company also aims to reduce the energy required per passenger by a further 35% by 2020. The goal achieved by the NS is unique, but in the field of railways many projects are underway to promote clean sources.