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High-speed Euro train gets green boost from two miles of solar panels

Tunnel on Paris-to-Amsterdam line topped with 16,000 solar panels to power Antwerp station and Belgian high speed train network

The tunnel on the Paris-Amsterdam high speed rail line is topped with 16,000 solar panels.

A two-mile-long Belgian rail tunnel, built to shelter high speed trains from falling trees, will from Monday provide a double environmental benefit by hosting a unique solar power project.

The high speed line running from Paris to Amsterdam passes Antwerp and a nearby ancient forest. To avoid the need to fell protected trees, a long tunnel was built over the high speed line which has now been topped with 16,000 solar panels. The electricity produced is equivalent to that needed to power all the trains in Belgium for one day per year, and will also help power Antwerp station. >>> More

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