Belgium Using Wind to Power Trains

October 27, 2015 By Carl Weinschenk

wind-turbine-close-energy-manageBelgium is using wind to power trains.

The Sudpresse reports that 170 trains will use wind energy. The first seven of the 170 turbines that will generate the power went online on Oct. 24, according to Zee News, where the news originally was posted.

The reports say that the turbines are being built along the main rail line from Leuven to Liege and will generate enough power for high speed and local trains. Once all the turbines are operational, 35 mWh of electricity – enough to power 10,000 homes – will be generated. About two-thirds of the power is necessary for the trains. The remainder will be used by the domestic grid, the story says.

Not far away in Germany, Danish toymaker Lego A/S took a stake in an offshore wind farm last month. The company investment about 1.25 billion euros (about $1.4 billion) – in Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind park, which is being developed by Dong Energy S/A, another Danish company. It is north of the island of Borkum in the North Sea.

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