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UK’s South Western Railway to Test Solar Energy To Power Trains

Power News - Published on Mon, 22 Jul 2019

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British rail operator South Western Railway is launching a pilot solar energy project in August, which could enable solar panels to be connected directly into the network to provide traction current. SWR, in collaboration with Riding Sunbeams, is hosting a public drop-in event where people can find out more about the scheme.

The Riding Sunbeams project is the first of its kind in the UK rail industry. It was developed alongside climate change charity 10:10 and is aimed at developing renewable energy sources to reduce emissions and future transport running costs.

The South Western Railway is installing 135 solar panels on vacant land near Aldershot Station on the London Waterloo-Alton line.

The 30kWp ‘First Light’ demonstrator photovoltaic (PV) array will connect to an ancillary transformer on the traction system to power lights and signalling equipment.

SWR and 10:10 will use the data to design and test systems that can directly supply solar power to the DC traction network.

The project is being taken up in collaboration with 10:10, Community Energy South and Network Rail, as well as a consortium of specialist engineering, renewable energy consultants and university departments.

Innovate UK and the Department for Transport are funding the project.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 22 Jul 2019
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