The Swiss startup’s pilot project will focus on the Western public rail system and cost around $437,240.
European startup Sun-Ways has devised a mechanical device to deploy removable solar panels along railway tracks.
This innovation could be implemented on half of the railway lines across the globe, according to the Swizerland-based energy startup.
The area between railroad lines is broad enough to accommodate standard-sized solar panels without impeding train passage, claims co-founder Sun-Ways, Baptiste Danichert.
“This way, we [Switzerland] could produce some of the electricity we need,” said Danichert.
Large installations are difficult to construct due to a lack of available space. However, “solar panels between rails, on the other hand, have no visual or environmental impact,” he added.