In January 2017, the Dutch railway company NS became the first railway in the world to have 100 percent of their trains powered by wind energy. Since the 17th century, the Dutch have been harnessing wind to advance their nation. This latest milestone marks just another advancement in their amazing strides to protect the environment and utilize what nature provides.
The statistics are pretty incredible. The railway system transports 600,000 passengers per day, which equals 1,200,000 train rides that no longer generate any co2 emissions. The system requires 1,200,000,000kWh of power to operate for one year, which equals the same amount needed to power all of Amsterdam for a year. That is an astronomical amount of wind energy they are harnessing!
An additional fun fact tells us that one hour of an operational windmill generates enough power for a train to travel 200km, or approximately 125 miles. Just three turns of a windmill creates enough power for that same train to move 1km. It truly is mind-blowing how much energy can be harnessed from wind. I sincerely hope that the U.S. will follow the lead of sustainability modeled by so many other countries.
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