Renewable energy company Enfinity has partnered with Infrabel, the Belgian railway infrastructure manager, and the municipalities of Schoten and Brasschaat to start work on a solar power project on the roof of the high-speed rail tunnel along the E19 motorway in Belgium.
The solar energy will be used to power both conventional and high-speed trains, representing a unique application of solar power in Europe, the project partners state. More than 16,000 modules will be installed on the roof of the high-speed rail tunnel over a total length of 3.4 km. The tunnel is primarily used by the high-speed train connecting Amsterdam and Paris through Brussels.
The installation is expected to generate an estimated 3,300 MWh of electricity per year. Construction began this summer on the tunnel's northern side, and project completion is scheduled for December.