World's first solar train with eArc is award finalist

Date Posted:17 September 2018 


Clean Energy Council Award Finalist

The finalists in the 2018 Solar Design and Installation Awards have been announced and eArc solar panels feature in the 30-240 kW solar system category.
The Solar Design and Installation Awards recognise excellence in the design and installation of Australian solar projects.   Nicholas Lake, Gregory Wilson and Simon Gibbs (Nickel Energy) are finalists for converting a 68-year-old diesel train to become the world’s first solar-powered train in Byron Bay, NSW.

World's First Solar Powered Train


eArche solar panels of world's first solar powered train


The two-carriage heritage train was fitted out with 6.4kW of eArc solar panels and a large solar battery bank and officially launched on 16 December 2017.  The train operates on energy from the sun, with one diesel engine remaining solely as emergency back-up. 

The revamped train does 14 round trips a day providing a return shuttle service for the three kilometre journey between North Beach Station in Sunrise Beach and the Byron Beach Platform in Byron Bay township.

There is a train in India that has solar panels to power lights and fans, but not to power thea whole train.




The benefits of eArc lightweight thin solar panels

installing eArche on a curved train roof


Ultra-light, thin and flexible eArc solar panels can be easily applied to mobile applications such as RVs, boats and vehicles.  With a patent pending super tough exterior and a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty they are changing the face of flexible solar panels.

Solar 4 RVs is proud to partner with the Australian importer to offer these superior panels to the Australian mobile market


See eArc features and sizes here