A Dutchman’s Daily commute …… Powered by the Wind

The Dutch Railway Could Run Solely on Wind Power By 2018 if Eneco gets their way

The Netherlands has a fantastic inspirational energy goal: The country wants its entire electric rail system to run on 100% wind power within three years.

Railway Technology reports that Dutch energy company Eneco and the VIVENS rail companies signed a deal to make Dutch electric trains within Netherlands Railways run entirely on energy produced by wind farms. Wind farms already supply half of the 1,800-mile, 1.5kV DC network’s energy—a network that carries over a million passengers a day.

The wind power will come from gusts blowing off the plains of the land of the Tulip, as well as their surrounding neighbours like  Belgium and some Scandinavian nations; part of the strategy is to promote increased renewable energy  in other European countries as well.

In the last few years, wind power has seen rapid growth worldwide. According to the IEC; International Energy Council, the land-based wind power installation rate has gone up around 24+% annually every year since 2000. The council predicts that if world governments stick to plan, wind power could account for 18% of all energy production globally.

Back in the Netherlands, Eneco says it also entered a 10-year deal with Google to make its data center in the northern part of the country totally powered by wind farm energy as well.

The reason this is important is because by proactively sticking your country’s head above the paraphet as they have done hopefully other countries will follow suit and join the programme.

In the UK they are planning for the first time a matrix of offshore  Wind Power networks Round 3, released in 2010 is the biggest so far and features nine zones across the UK. The largest, Dogger Bank, has the potential to generate up to 13GW of power and is one of the largest energy projects anywhere in the world. Round 3 is set to enter construction from this year onwards and has a total of more than 24GW already leased to developers.

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Steve

 

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