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    James Longley

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    Last Updated February 22, 2022

    Around the world, companies are choosing to embrace solar power as a viable means of energy generation.

    However, in the UK, growth has been somewhat stilted. This is not surprising given the fact that the UK is famed for having unpredictable weather, and also has periods in the winter where the sun barely shines at all.

    But it would seem that all that is set to change, with a rail line in Hampshire set to become the first in the world to be powered exclusively by solar power. If successful, it could pave the way for a new generation of fuel supply, which could change how homes and businesses around the UK operate.

    The pilot scheme

    From Friday 30 August, a rail line near Aldershot, Hampshire, will be directly connected to a nearby solar farm, which will enable solar-powered trains to operate without the need for diesel. It is estimated that around 100 solar panels will be able to generate the power necessary, and if successful, it could lead to all trains that travel along this particular section of track being powered via solar energy in the future.

    The UK’s railways have long been advocates of the use of solar power – Blackfriars station in central London is already partly powered by solar energy – but this is the first time that the grid will be entirely bypassed as a means of actively reducing carbon emissions and cutting air pollution.

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