All Dutch trains are now one hundred percent powered by energy generated via wind energy, the national railway corporation NS said Tuesday, calling it a world first.
“since the first of January, a hundred percentage of our trains are running on wind energy,” NS spokesman Ton Boon informed AFP.
Dutch electricity company Eneco won a tender released by NS two years ago and the 2 firms signed a 10–year deal placing January 2018 as the date by which all NS trains need to run on wind power.
“So we in fact reached our goal a yr in advance than deliberate,” stated Boon, including that an growth in the number of wind farms across the country and rancid the coast of The Netherlands had helped NS reap its aim.
Eneco and NS stated on a joint website that a few 600,000 passengers each day are “the primary in the international” to tour thanks to wind energy. NS operates about 5,500 train journeys an afternoon.
One windmill running for an hour can power one educate across a few 2 hundred kilometres (one hundred twenty miles), the businesses said. They now wish to reduce the energy used consistent with passenger via 35 percent through 2020 compared with 2005.