Solar Tunnel - Belgium

16,000 solar panels have been installed on the roof of a high-speed rail tunnel in Antwerp, Belgium. The solar installation is the result of a public-private cooperation between Belgian rail operator Infrabel, renewable energy developer Enfinity, the municipalities of Brasschaat and Schoten, intermunicipal financing companies FINEA and IKA, and solar energy company Solar Power Systems.

 

The project, known as the Solar Tunnel, is the first of its kind in Europe as it is the first time railway infrastructure has been used to generate green energy. The solar energy will be used in the Antwerp North-South junction (including Antwerp Central Station) by the trains and station servicing both conventional and high-speed trains.

 

About the solar installation:

  • Location: Antwerp - Belgium
  • Completed: September 2010
  • PV-installation: roof, flat, ballast
  • System size: 4 MW
  • Roof area: 50.000 sq.m.
  • Number of solar panels: 16.000
  • Energy production: 3.300 MWh
  • Energy production equivalent of: 950 families
  • CO2 reduction: 2.400 tons