Wind-electric powered trains to enter service in Netherlands

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UTRECHT, Netherlands — Passenger trains in the Netherlands are set to use the 21st century equivalents of centuries-old windmill power to move. Nederlandse Spoorwegen, a Dutch passenger railroad company, is partnering with Eneco, a local electricity company, on new wind energy technology.

Starting this month, the company’s entire fleet of passenger trains will be powered exclusively by wind energy, New Atlas reports.

According to a spokesperson for the Dutch railroad company, the railroad uses the same amount of energy as the city of Amsterdam.

Newly built wind farms are helping supply additional energy for the railroad and its passenger fleet.

Nederlandse Spoorwegen is the primary passenger rail operator in the Netherlands, operating more than 4,000 trains each day across the country’s more than 3,200-mile rail system.

A small fleet of diesel-powered trains will be phased out by the end of 2017, New Atlas reports.

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