London to build worlds largest Solar Bridge


All eyes are on London for the upcoming 2012 Olympics, and rightfully so. London has been stepping up their game by making a number of sustainable improvements to the city. This one in particular is going to become the largest Solar Bridge in the world. What exactly is a Solar Bridge you ask?

The new Blackfriars station, which is being built on a bridge spanning the River Thames, is on its way to becoming the world’s largest solar bridge after Solarcentury begun the installation of over 4,400 solar photovoltaic panels

“Blackfriars Bridge is an ideal location for solar; a new, iconic large roof space, right in the heart of London,” said Solarcentury chief executive Derry Newman in a statement.

“Station buildings and bridges are fixed parts of our urban landscape and it is great to see that this one will be generating renewable energy every day into the future. For people to see that solar power is working is a vital step towards a clean energy future.”

Other energy saving measures, such as rain harvesting systems and sun pipes for natural lighting, are also being fitted at Blackfriars, as part of Network Rail’s plans to reduce carbon emissions by 25 per cent per passenger kilometre by 2020.

Lindsay Vamplew, Network Rail’s project director for Blackfriars, said that the refurbishment will make the station a template for green stations around the world.

“The Victorian rail bridge at Blackfriars is part of our railway history,” he said. “Constructed in the age of steam, we’re bringing it bang up to date with 21st century solar technology to create an iconic station for the city.”

Source: The Guardian