Wind-powered train travel is on Dutch rail schedule

Posted: August 29, 2015 by oldbrew in Travel, wind

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The train now standing at Platform 1 is waiting for the wind to blow. Is that the future for Dutch railways? Peering through the hype, we may suspect other sources of power will have to be used if or when it’s not windy enough. TechXplore boards the green-tinged bandwagon:

Can the Dutch rail network run on wind? Julian Turner, writing in, reported that the Dutch rail network will run entirely on renewable wind energy by 2018.

This development comes from a new contract signed by power company Eneco and VIVENS, an energy procurement cooperative. VIVENS is a joint venture comprising Netherlands Railways (NS), Veolia, Arriva, Connexxion and rail freight firms. Eneco will supply 1.4TWh of electricity for the rail system .

Full report: Wind-powered train travel is on Dutch rail schedule

  1. oldbrew says:

    Here’s another Dutch express…the new women’s world 200 metres champion.

  2. Petrossa says:

    That would be a first since 75 years, dutch trains running on schedule… Maybe with big sails on them? Or big turbofan engines on the roof? The mind boggles from such idiocy.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Probably what happens is that wind power from various sources/countries is fed into the Dutch national grid and the rail system claims to have bought enough of it over a long-term period, e.g. a year, to power all its services during that time.

    In other words, a paper exercise.

  4. ivan says:

    Another useful idiot speaking out in preparation for the big binge in Paris.

    They must know that what they are talking about is impossible to achieve.

  5. Chaeremon says:

    Let’s monitor the success of the elimination (err, “trend”) of carbon gases and New World Order on the basis of gross registered tonnage transports over the oceans, and on nothing else. This is measured global as in “global climate”, anything else does not make Global World Order sense.

    And, which nation (which shipping company) is the first to sink their carbon/polluter ships because of climate ballyhoo?

    Click “Live Map” (top menu) and “Density Map” (left menu), navigate like Google map.

  6. The irony: From “The Flying Dutchman” (by Wagner) “To rely on wind is to rely on Satan’s Mercy”.

    The whole thing is of course a con. A trick. An accounting exercise. Otherwise trains would be totally unreliable for transport; even worse than what they are now.

    Thousands of passengers and staff could be spending weeks becalmed in the polders. Scurvy amongst passengers and staff could not be ruled out! 😉

    Geographic dispersion isn’t good enough to provide reliable winds. vis e.g. Germany.

  7. pochas says:

    This would make a great cartoon. An electric train with a row of windmills along the track as far as the eye can see.

  8. oldbrew says:

    pochas: like this maybe…

  9. pochas says:

    With maybe a vulture sitting on a windmill blade and some cows on the tracks and a legend “Wind Power.”

  10. oldbrew says:

    This is the way to mix trains and wind power.

  11. J Martin says:

    Just pave over the rail tracks and turn them into cycle paths. Holland is small and flat after all.

    [reply] windy too?

  12. Berényi Péter says:

    Why, the wind is always blowing, while the train is in motion, is it not? Therefore all you have to do is to install the windmill on it.

  13. oldbrew says:

    Berényi Péter says: ‘install the windmill on it.’

    Something like this – where the jet engines are :/