London’s become home to the world’s largest solar-powered bridge as a solar roof with 4,400 panels has been unveiled on Blackfriars Bridge.
The bridge has 4,400 panels which will provide up to 50% of Blackfriars station’s energy.
Train operators First Capital Connect said the panels will generate 900,000 kWh of electricity every year, saving over 500 tonnes of CO2 annually.
“Electric trains are already the greenest form of public transport – this roof gives our passengers an even more sustainable journey,” said David Statham, managing director of First Capital Connect.
“The distinctive roof has also turned our station into an iconic landmark visible for miles along the River Thames.”
Solarcentury, the company that installed the bridge, said that transport restrictions and safety standards made the project very complex.
Gavin Roberts, Solarcentury’s senior project manager, told the Guardian: “We had different sections of roof available at different times to fit in with this complicated jigsaw of getting everything up and going.”
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