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Essex Railway Station Uses Solar Power

Readers may be interested to hear that a railway station in Essex is using solar power for the benefit of some of its passengers. It is great to hear that passengers are benefitting especially when you normally read about concerns that rail travellers have whether that be due to trains departing late, hold ups on the line and increased fares.

Thorpe-le-Soken railway station is where the solar power is being used and it is situated between Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. Someone came up with the wonderful idea of lighting up a walkway on the entrance road at the station using 50 LED cats eyes that are solar powered. Now passengers are able to walk more safely along a road that previously was rather dark.

The cost of the project was £6,800 and has been paid for by Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership (ESSCRP). Well done to them.

It would be interesting to hear about any other projects being carried out at any railway stations around the UK that have involved the use of solar power. There must be some great opportunities to use solar power for certain things at such stations. For instance, are there any railway stations that have had solar panels fitted to their roofs with the energy generated being used to provide electricity for say lighting and electrical equipment?

Could solar panels be used on the top of some railway carriages to help provide the power for the lighting in the carriages and/or to provide power for passengers to use their laptops on trains?

Here at Solar Panels UK, over the years, we have commented on a number of interesting uses of solar power. For instance, a solar panel has been incorporated into the back of a rucksack generating power for a walker to be able to charge up their mobile phone. Solar panels have been used on an ambulance to help provide a secondary source of power for its use. Solar panels have been installed on the roofs of some carports located at a car park in the USA with the power generated being used to help charge up some electric motor vehicles. We will continue to keep our readers up to date with any other interesting solar power projects both here in the UK and elsewhere around the world.

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