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    ALL Dutch electric trains running on renewable energy.

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    ALL Dutch electric trains running on renewable energy.

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 11:36 am

    All Dutch electric trains now running on 100-percent renewable energy

    While modern electric cars have only been available in large numbers for a few years, electric trains have been commonplace for some time.

    As with electric cars, the source of the electricity used to power these trains impacts their overall carbon footprint.

    The cleaner an energy source, the cleaner the vehicles it powers.

    In that respect, The Netherlands may be setting the standard.

    As of January 1, all electric passenger trains on the Dutch rail network will have been run on wind energy, according to a statement from operator NS (via EcoWatch).

    The 600,000 daily passengers trains are supplied with 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours of wind energy by Eneco per year, as part of an arrangement with NS first announced in 2015.

    Read more on this great news from Green Car Report HERE




    That is great news to those of us that support renewable energy, but I wonder why Britain can not do this, never mind using old rolling stock on our railways.

    My own Scotland is planning to have everything electric running on renewable energy by 2020, so, I see no reason why the rest of the country cannot do this too.


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    Re: ALL Dutch electric trains running on renewable energy.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 19 Jan 2017, 11:51 am

    I don't know how they can say that, as the electricity for electric trains, like all other electricity, comes from the Dutch national grid and not all of their electricity is made from the renewables.
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    Re: ALL Dutch electric trains running on renewable energy.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 20 Jan 2017, 12:52 pm

    That is a very cogent point my friend as mains electricity sources cannot be separated like that for one particular user.

    Having said that I only wish that Britain was as keen on the renewables as the Dutch are.

    As I have said before..."Scotland is" and we are setting examples for the rest of Britain in this respect.


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    Re: ALL Dutch electric trains running on renewable energy.

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 12:20 pm

    I say that we should pay attention to the lead that The Nederlands is giving as this HAS TO BE the way to go forward.
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    Re: ALL Dutch electric trains running on renewable energy.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 22 Jan 2017, 12:14 pm

    The problem I find with this kind of "renewables" generated power is that if the wind does not blow these wind-turbines become just useless bits of sculpture.

    There are many more ways of harnessing nature's electric power without the use of fossil-fuel-burning power-stations, and all of these other systems together should - but might not - be able to generate enough power to ensure that there is always a supply when it is needed.

    Electricity is a strange thing in that it has to be generated and available for use whenever, and exactly at the time it is called for, and there has been no decent way found yet of storing such needs that will always guarantee supply.

    They are talking of introducing large banks of stacked Lithium-ion batteries in order to do this, but even that proposed system is still far into the future, if it will ever work at all.


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    Re: ALL Dutch electric trains running on renewable energy.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 2:52 pm

    The Netherlands is far ahead of most of Europe, as the vast majority of it's National Grid is wind-powered already, along with solar on many domestic buildings.
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    Re: ALL Dutch electric trains running on renewable energy.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 12:53 pm

    Yes HG, as usual, you are quite right about that.

    Another way to ensure a good supply of "green" energy is to store large amounts of it in banks of high-storage batteries.

    In California there are now such exact storage capabilities in banks of Lithium Ion batteries.

    See a picture and the full story of this from Green Car Reports HERE


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