A solar-powered railway – billed as the first of its kind – has been switched on in Aldershot, supplying the network’s signalling and lights with electricity. The Riding Sunbeams ‘First Light’ demonstrator project bypasses the grid by connecting the solar directly to the railway and is set to pave the way for the world’s first ever solar powered trains, Riding Sunbeams said. The 30kW solar test unit, consisting of around 100 solar panels, was today (22 August) connected to an ancillary transformer on the railway’s traction system. The project is being run by climate change charity 10:10 Climate Action in collaboration with Community Energy South and Network Rail, alongside a consortium of engineering and renewable energy consultants and academics.
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