Work started today to install over 4,400 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the new Blackfriars station being built on the new bridge spanning the River Thames, to make it what is claimed to be the world’s largest solar bridge.
The Victorian bridge is being upgraded by Network Rail under the Thameslink programme to cater for more passengers and an improved train service. A new roof added to the historic structure will incorporate over 6,000m2 of PV panels, creating the biggest solar array in London.
The solar panels will generate an estimated 900MWh of electricity every year, providing 50% of the station’s energy and reducing CO2 emissions by an estimated 511t per year. Other energy saving measures at the new station will include rain harvesting systems and sun pipes for natural lighting.
Consultant Jacobs worked with solar PV company Solarcentury to incorporate the panels into the station design. The high-efficiency solar modules used are manufactured by Sanyo.