Friday, 23 June 2017

Solar Power opportunity for UK Rail

A new collaboration between Imperial College London, UK charity 10:10, Turbo Power Systems, Community Energy South, and Energy Futures Lab is becoming the first in the world to investigate the possibility of fixing solar panels directly to train tracks to provide electricity. The project is funded through the Innovate UK Game Changers Programme.

The Renewable Traction Power Project is first going to focus on the possibility of adapting the existing third rail system, which involve a power line close to the ground. This system is currently used on one third of the UK's tracks, and the system should be relatively easy to adapt to using solar panels. With network rail investing billions of pounds into electrifying the UK's train lines, researchers predict a massive cut in the carbon footprint of the rail system by 2050.

This is a summary of an article from Energy Live News, read the full article HERE

This post was compiled on behalf of Weald Technology by Sophie Lane, March 2017.

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