The Dutch municipality of Horst on the Maas and
ProRail are keen to stimulate the generation of
renewable energy. As partners in NEWRAIL (Noise
Energy Wall Rail America in Limburg), they are
testing innovations that will deliver high energy
yields. This research involves mounting solar panels
on both new and existing sound barrier walls.
Mounting solar panels on sound barriers is a new and
ground-breaking idea. That’s why more research is needed
to find the best method of installation. The innovative
project NEWRAIL (Noise Energy Wall Rail America in
Limburg) is an initiative of ProRail in collaboration with the
municipality of Horst aan de Maas, TNO (Netherlands
Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), energy
cooperative Reindonk Energie, and The Hague University
of Applied Sciences.