The UK’s first bus shelter to feature transparent solar panels will open today in Canary Wharf.
The Green Party’s London mayoral candidate, Sian Berry, will officiate the opening of the energy generating bus shelter which incorporates ultra-thin photovoltaic (PV) glass panels.
Commissioned by Canary Wharf Group, and designed and developed by Cambridge-based Polysolar in collaboration with hard landscaping and street furniture supplier Marshalls, the structure has been created using innovative transparent photovoltaic glass that generates clean renewable electricity even in low and ambient light. The energy will be used to run smart signage and other infrastructure on the estate.
The bus shelter is capable of generating 2,000kWh per year – enough electricity to power the average London home – meaning widespread adoption of this technology could significantly contribute to London’s sustainable future.
In April 2015, Polysolar was selected as the winner of Canary Wharf Group’s Cognicity Challenge for smart cities companies, having competed in a 12-week accelerator programme under the Sustainable Buildings stream of the competition. As part of the prize, Polysolar was selected to pilot its technology on the Canary Wharf estate, and now hopes to integrate its solar PV glass into the façades of future high-rise office and residential developments on the estate.
Canary Wharf Group chairman and CEO George Iacobescu said: “Canary Wharf Group is very interested in the emerging technology of building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)… We are working with Polysolar to develop BIPV cladding systems which could be suitable to install on the façades of our buildings and we are hopeful that this technology will have the potential to significantly reduce the carbon impact of our future developments.”
Polysolar founder and CEO Hamish Watson said: “The solar bus shelter provides not just demonstration of the functionality, performance and aesthetics of our PV glass but represents an important application innovation. Using our solar PV glazing across London’s transport sector, in things like bus shelters, EV charging canopies, walkways and bike parks, could have a significant impact on the city’s emissions, without compromising its environment, architecture or budgets.”