Blackfriars to be largest solar bridge in the world
Thousands of solar panels are being fitted to Blackfriars Bridge in London, transforming it into the “world’s largest solar bridge” – according to Construction Enquirer.
To be exact, the existing metal roofing is being replaced by 4,400 panels, at a cost of £7.3 million.
London’s largest solar array
When operational, power generated by the 6,000 square metres of panels will not only cut carbon emissions by approximately 511 tonnes each year, but will also be sufficiently enough to meet half of Blackfriars Station’s energy needs.
The project is part of a station upgrade, which also includes other environmentally-friendly measures such as rain water harvesting and the installation of sun pipes to allow natural light into the concourse. The revamped bridge – which was built in 1886 – forms the “foundation” of the scheme.
Bringing it bang up to date with 21st century solar technology
Commenting on the upgrade, Lindsay Vamplew, project director for Network Rail, told BBC News:
“We’re creating a spacious, modern station and delivering a vastly improved train service for passengers, while at the same time installing London’s largest solar array to make Blackfriars more environmentally-friendly and sustainable.”
“The Victorian rail bridge at Blackfriars is part of our railway history. Constructed in the age of steam, we’re bringing it bang up to date with 21st century solar technology to crate an iconic station for the city.”