The UK approved the plan by its rail station to combine a mixture of renewable energy operations amid the ongoing transition to clean energy. The new project (Solihull) will be a terminal of exchange for citizens traveling via the HS2 line. The new train that will pass through this point will be supersonically minimizing the time taken to maneuver through the UK’s urban centers. An official of the HS2 station, Matthew Botelle, stated that the new station would focus on emission-free activities. He added that the station would design the environmentally friendly technological aspects of developing a station.
HS2 explained that the new infrastructure would maximize its solar energy usage and be fitted with natural vents for proper air circulation. The chief of Arup Architects, Kim Quazi, articulates that the station will be a clean energy project with roofing made of timber and a green surrounding to ensure that the station has net-zero carbon emissions remaining eco-friendly.
The roofing will compose of glulam timber, a material that best replaces roofing tiles and iron sheets due to its rigidity and reliability. The station intends to develop an automatic rail car that will not need a driver to operate. This car will transfer people to various towns and essential places within its reach.
Even though the project seems perfect, critics and environmental specialists are raising concerns over the effect of this HS2 project. These groups argue that the wildlife will be affected by the noises since the train passes through a forest. HS2 came out and said that they are considering making the train swift to minimize noise and also plant trees throughout the sides of the path the railway will be passing.
Nevertheless, the citizens and environmental protagonists should not worry but consider observing similar developments in Germany where there are over ten stations in its major towns. Currently, the firm has other projects, including StationGreen, which runs on solar energy and geothermal power. This project also has a glumal timber roofing that easily collects rainwater, preventing flooding and cushions of the facility from uncontrollable temperature variances.
In conclusion, the StationGreen is known for its Blackfriars Station based in London and utilizes solar PV panels. The firm added that it would be evaluating the power sources that lean towards green energy to run the trains in the coming future. An example to which they have garnered this idea from is the Alstom’s hydrogen-fuel-cell railcar.