Solar could provide 10% of the electricity needed to power the UK’s electrified train routes if connected directly, a new study has claimed.
The renewable traction power feasibility study, compiled by climate charity 10:10 and Imperial College London’s Energy Future Lab, found that connecting solar panels directly to rail, tube and tram networks up and down the country could even supply the electricity at prices cheaper than those available on the grid.
The report analysed electrified rail routes in the UK and their respective direct current needs before examining the potential for solar arrays to be installed alongside specific routes.
It found the most significant opportunity to be on the commuter rail network to the south of London. Around 200 solar farms installed alongside those particular routes could provide 15% of required power, and project partners Community Energy South identified 400 such locations suitable for solar generation.
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