Solar energy for rolling stock manufacturer

Polish rolling stock manufacturer Newag is moving towards decarbonisation of its producing process. The company has equipped the roof of its workshops in Nowy Sącz with photovoltaic panels. This measure is in line the environmental policy being implemented by Poland’s rail sector and the European Green Deal.

“In addition to the fact that we produce rail vehicles, we also recently produce our own energy,” Newag stated. The Polish company has been using the photovoltaic panels since the beginning of the year. For the first three months, the rolling stock manufacturer generated over 17 megawatt-hours of solar energy. The figure depends on the weather: the vast majority of the energy, more than 13 megawatt-hours, was generated in March when the weather was warmer and sunnier compared to the previous months. “By using renewable energy sources, we protect our climate and ourselves,” the company summed up.

Newag rolling stock

The history of Newag dates back to 1876 when the first workshops have been established in Nowy Sącz (the city is located in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship). Newag is mainly focused on the Polish railway market. Its most popular products are the Impuls passenger trains as well as the Dragon and Griffin locomotives. The Impuls trainsets in both electric and diesel modifications are operated by most of the regional railway operators in Poland. Some of them are also planning to purchase the bi-mode type of Impuls vehicles.

The Griffin locomotives are widely used by PKP Intercity, the Polish long-distance passenger operator. At the same time, the Dragon locomotives are popular among the Polish rail freight companies including PKP Cargo and Lotos Kolej. Besides Poland, the Newag-made trains are also running in Italy.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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