Øresund Bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark to be powered by solar

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The Øresund Bridge connects Denmark’s capitaly city, Copenhagen with Sweden’s southern city of Malmö and, although it is generally known as an engineering masterpiece and the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe, the name was made internationally famous by ‘The Bridge’, a Scandinavian crime television series that has been shown in over 100 countries.

This time, however, the bridge will not be a stage for horrendous crimes and thrilling adventures, but rather for the installation of a PV system that will power part of the infrastructure’s energy needs.

The two Danish solar companies, SolarFuture and Solarpark DK have been awarded a 2 million DKK (around $323,000) contract to install the solar power generator by the consortium owning and operating the infrastructure, Øresundsbro Konsortiet.

The two developers will initially build a 250 kW PV system on a 1,500 m2 surface owned by Danish-Swedish company SVEDAB, which is one of the consortium’s members. The project’s capacity may be expanded to 700 kW at a later stage, Øresundsbro Konsortiet said.

The facility will cover around 4% of the bridge’s energy needs after completion of the first phase, and around 10% if the expansion goes ahead.

The solar panels will be placed between the north and south payment areas, and at least three meters away from the roadway, behind railings and road lighting. That is, close to both the motorway and the railway. “We are glad to take part in the Øresund Bridge green plan and we are looking forward to cooperate with the consortium,” said Mads Christensen, director of SolarFuture.