Thinking Outside the Box: Solar-Covered Bridge, Bike Highway for London

Originally built in 1886, the Victorian-era bridge has a brand new look – a canopy of 4,400 solar PV panels! They supply half the energy for the busy railroad station underneath, Blackfriars Station.
Built by Solarcentury, the 6,000-plus square meters of solar panels can generate 900,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, reducing the carbon footprint of the train station by about 89,000 rail trips.

The station, which also got a makeover, features rain harvesting systems and sun pipes for natural lighting. The project is at the heart of the £6.5 billion Thameslink Programme, which working to deliver more convenient service between a range of destinations through central London.

“The dramatic transformation of Blackfriars station from a small and cramped station to a modern landmark is typical of how we are enhancing one of Europe’s busiest rail routes – using smart, sustainable technology to reduce the cost of running the railway at the same time as giving passengers the longer, more frequent trains that are so desperately needed,” says Simon Kirby, managing director of Network Rail Infrastructure Projects. — Full Story at Sustainable Business

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