Work begins on world's largest solar bridge


The foundation of the Blackfriars station is the old Victoria bridge constructed in 1886. The bridge is being upgraded by Network Rail to cater for more passengers and an improved train service. A new roof will incorporate 6,000 square meters of photovoltaic panels. London based Solarcentury will be in charge of engineering and installation of the photovoltaic panels. Sanyo Electric’s HIT modules will be used for the project.

900,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity will be produced every year, providing 50 percent of the station’s energy and reducing CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes per year. Other energy saving measures like rain harvesting systems and sun pipes for natural lighting will be incorporated into the new station as well.

Derry Newman, chief executive of Solarcentury, said, "It’s fantastic to see this project finally come to fruition. Blackfriars Bridge is an ideal location for solar; a new, iconic large roof space, right in the heart of London".

Once the upgrade is complete, up to 24 trains per hour will be able to run on the central London section of the route, meaning more seats for commuters.