This is regarded by the company as a one of a kind project and they will install 16,000 solar panels on the roof of the high speed rail tunnel connecting Amsterdam and Paris through Brussels. It will cover a total length of 3.4 kilometers.
The roof’s total surface area is 50,000 square meters and the generated power is estimated to be 3,300 megawatt hours per year. The project expects to save over 47.3 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions over a period of 20 years.
The installation began in summer this year on the northern face of the tunnel. The project is also slated to be completed by the end of this year. The investments that have gone into this tunnel project run up to 14.5 million. The green energy that will be generated will be used by Infrabel in the Antwerp north-south junction and will power both conventional and high speed trains on the Amsterdam-Brussels-Paris track.
The project is a private-public cooperation which meets the request of the municipalities Schoten and Brasschaat to provide the regular tunnel with a useful function, in this case, generating solar energy.