London’s ‘solar bridge’ hits halfway point

Work on London’s largest PV array has reached half way with 2200 panels installed at Blackfriars station, says Solarcentury.

Once completed, the rooftop installation will cover 6000 m2 and generate 900 MWh each year, meeting up to half of the central London station’s energy needs.

Blackfriars Bridge

The panels are being installed on Blackfriars rail bridge over the Thames, which is being expanded to cater for more passengers and longer, more frequent trains.

Installation of the PV panels – manufactured by Panasonic but designed and installed by Solarcentury – is due to complete by October 2012.

Frans van den Heuvel CEO of Solarcentury described Blackfriars as “one of the world’s great solar power installations”

“Architecturally challenging, the project demonstrates just what is possible with this versatile technology in dense urban areas,” he said.

“We’ve been working amongst one of the most complex build programmes in the country, at height, over water and live train lines. It’s a great feeling to be half way there.”

Blackfriars railway station is being rebuilt over a structure that opened in 1886. The bridge was stripped to its foundations and reconstructed wider and stronger to house platforms, a 250-metre-long roof and the solar array.

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