Europe making progress on sustainable transportation
Progress was made in Europe on the transportation front, as a high-speed rail line running between Paris and Amsterdam now runs partially on the sun. The train draws power from 2.1 miles of solar panels that sit atop a train tunnel.
Trains with solar roofs are not completely new; they first appeared in Italy in 2005. However, those earlier panels only served to keep the train’s air conditioning units running. The new solar panels, which are located on a stretch of rail that runs through Belgium, can power the equivalent of 4,000 train trips and cut the railway’s carbon dioxide input by 2,400 tons annually.