Solarcentury’s 1.1-MWp solar bridge over Blackfriars station features 4400 photovoltaic panels in a 6000 m2 array, making it the world’s largest solar bridge. It generates 900 MWh per year and will provide 50% of the station’s energy as well as reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes per year.
The bridge was officially launched this week, as commuters were greeted with a cup of tea from ‘Britain’s biggest cup’, at 3.1 metres tall and 2.1 metres in diameter, powered by the solar array.
The solar bridge is part of a larger station upgrade, which itself is part of a £6.5 billion (US$10.8 billion) programme to modernise the rail route through central London.
Simon Kirby, managing director of Network Rail Infrastructure Projects, lauded the project for ‘using smart, sustainable technology to reduce the cost of running the railway’.