For as far as my memory goes, scientists across the globe have been debating and urging people to bring renewable energy to board. Even those who don’t follow news and have little to no idea about what’s going on this planet know that the earth will have a very different face in the next 100 years – but is anyone doing anything about it?
A handful of people on this planet are working really hard towards bringing a change and here’s another example of that. A beach town in Australia suffered from traffic issues – just like any other city in the world, but what they did to combat that issue is praiseworthy.
The town then gave birth to world’s first fully solar-powered train.
The train is now running on a restored train line which wasn’t used for over a decade. “We were aware that it had not been done before and wanted to push the boundaries,” says Jeremy Holmes, development director of the nonprofit Byron Bay Railroad Company, reports Fast Company.
The custom curved solar panels which are safely placed on the roof of the train transfer power to the set of batteries that are placed in place of a diesel engine. Albeit, the other engine is still in place just in case the train runs out of power.
Adding more to the awesomeness that there is, the train generates more electricity like a hybrid car when it put brakes. In fact, even the train stations are equipped with solar panels on the roof in case the train is in need of more energy.
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As for their backup plan, they have paved way for local renewable energy from the local grid.
“The large solar array on the platform roof coupled with the custom curved solar panels on the train roof produce more solar energy per day than is required to operate an hourly return service,” says Holmes.
The train on an average makes 12-15 trips in a day and seats 100 passengers, with room for more to stand. It also has a luggage room for bikes and surfboards. A ride on this beast will cost meagre amount of $2.
“Our service has had no government support or funding at all, but for this to be replicated or improved upon, the key is for government to work with private enterprise on small custom initiatives,” Holmes adds. “Our service provides an example of how a niche operation, with the involvement of some very clever engineers, can harness the sun’s energy for sustainable transport solutions.”