The Netherland’s national railway company, NS, has announced that all of its electric passenger trains are now 100 percent powered by wind energy. NS first announced their target for a wind-powered train fleet back in 2015, but they’ve hit their target a year earlier than planned – way ahead of their 2018 goal. In 2015, NS partnered with Dutch electricity company, Eneco. Their goal was getting NS’s entire electric train fleet wind-powered by January 2018. Half of the fleet was already wind-powered, but in order to get the entire system away from fossil fuels, they needed to either build more local wind farms or buy in wind energy from neighbouring countries, such as Denmark. According to Eneco and NS, one windmill running for an hour can power a train for around 200 km. The NS fleet annually consumes 1.2 billion kWh of wind energy from Eneco – equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by all households in Amsterdam in a year. The collaboration now hopes to reduce the energy used per passenger by a further 35 percent by 2020 compared to 2005.
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