How much do you enjoy travelling by train? Do you prefer this method of transportation or would you rather take a plane or another vehicle?
To be sincere, I have always liked trains. I feel like they had the power to transport you back in time (at least the ones in Romania do). When I travel by train, I cannot help but think that this was one of the best ways of travelling in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Here in Romania, we have an almost ancient train that carries you through the mountains like it was back in those days. Anyways, back on track – see what I did there?
Nowadays, especially in developed countries, the train is the best way to travel from one city to another, for it saves time and money. A lot of people use this form of transportation for their daily commute to and from work.
Which is why it was only a matter of time until innovative technologies and projects started to arise. Today, I am going to tell you about two ideas that are set to change the way we see trains.
SOLAR POWERED TRAINS
Solar powered trains might actually happen sooner than you think. This is what the people behind this project assure us of.
A team led by the Imperial College of London is planning on connecting solar panels directly to the lines of British trains. So that will mean that trains are actually powered by solar energy.
This initiative comes because of the fact that in many areas the electricity grid doesn’t have the capacity to power the railway, and solar energy offers an opportunity to increase the capacity on the railways. How? Trackside solar panels would pass the grid meaning more lines could be electrified.
The project has entered its trial and it is set to be the first of its kind, but we will only know if it works by the end of the year.
GERMANY’S NEW HYDROGEN-POWERED EMISSION-FREE PASSENGER TRAINS
Germany announced in November 2016 its plans to develop the first hydrogen-powered train. Engineers behind this project have developed it as an eco-friendly, zero-emission passenger train that runs on hydrogen fuel cells and it is set to travel on the un-electrified rural routes. It offers a green alternative on routes where electrification is not economically viable.
The benefits of it are almost palpable: there are no toxic emissions, only water vapour and warm air, the engine is almost silent, unlike noisy diesel engines and it can run at speeds of up to 120 kmh while carrying 300 passengers.
The train is designed to travel 800 kilometres on a full tank of hydrogen, making it the first of this kind to regularly operate over long distances.
This kind of trains will start running in December 2017.
Wow… Now, these are two great ideas! Can’t wait for them to be available so I can try them. Thinking of it, imagine what a nice trip would you have if you also know that everything is based upon a green strategy and with no damage to the environment.