The world's largest solar-powered bridge opens at Blackfriars station

London’s become home to the world’s largest solar-powered bridge as a solar roof with 4,400 panels has been unveiled on Blackfriars Bridge.

The bridge has 4,400 panels which will provide up to 50% of Blackfriars station’s energy.

Train operators First Capital Connect said the panels will generate 900,000 kWh of electricity every year, saving over 500 tonnes of CO2 annually.

“Electric trains are already the greenest form of public transport - this roof gives our passengers an even more sustainable journey,” said David Statham, managing director of First Capital Connect.

“The distinctive roof has also turned our station into an iconic landmark visible for miles along the River Thames.”

Solarcentury, the company that installed the bridge, said that transport restrictions and safety standards made the project very complex.

Gavin Roberts, Solarcentury’s senior project manager, told the Guardian: “We had different sections of roof available at different times to fit in with this complicated jigsaw of getting everything up and going.”

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  • Blackfriars Bridge is indeed an iconic structure and provides a wonderful view of the Thames, in both directions, especially at night. As a daily user of the station, I have two questions:
    1. How much was the cost of redeveloping the station.
    2. How much did the solar panels cost to install.
    3. When are the longer trains that were advertised during development going to be operational

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  • The solar generation is admirable, but to much too much energy is wasted at the station at night.

    A design that concentrates concentrates the light produces into the station instead of spilling so much into the sky and the Thames would require less energy.

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