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Welsh rail electrification project win GBP110K - Report

Infra News - Published on Mon, 15 Apr 2019

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Business Green reported that an initiative exploring the feasibility of using community-owned renewable energy technologies to electrify Welsh train lines has won a grant of GBP 110,000. A project to electrify train lines in Wales using community-owned renewable energy and storage technologies has been awarded a grant worth GBP 110,000, after winning the Rail Safety and Standards Board's 'Intelligent Power Solutions to Decarbonise Rail' competition.

The Green Valley Lines initiative, led by climate charity 10:10 in partnership with Community Energy South's social enterprise Riding Sunbeams, will explore plans for the smart electrification of commuter lines to and from Cardiff.

Working with Network Rail, the Energy Saving Trust, and engineering consultancy Ricardo, the project will identify potential sites to install community-owned solar, wind or hydroelectric generators next to railway lines in the region. These units would then directly supply the lines with low-carbon electricity, whilst in turn providing financial benefits to local communities, who would own them.

The study will also scope technical solutions for directly connecting renewables to overhead electrified lines, and analyse how best to integrate new energy storage technologies to help keep electrification costs down.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 15 Apr 2019
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