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London Unveils World's Largest Solar Bridge

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 A new bridge that can do more than shorten your commute– it can also power it!

 

 

 

 

Network Rail -- head of Britain’s rail infrastructure -- recently completed the world’s largest solar-powered bridge.

 

Topped with 4,400 photovoltaic panels, the bridge is expected to provide up to half the energy for Blackfrairs, a bustling train station in central London. Network Rail estimates the bridge will cut the station’s carbon emissions by 511 metric tons a year -- about 89,000 average car rides.

 

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

 

While the bridge came with some logistical challenges, integrating the panels into the design helped make it more manageable. The firm Solarcentury installed the panels over two years.

 

"Solar is often seen as an afterthought, coming in at the end of a project," said Suzanna Lashford, head of commercial sales for Solarcentury, in a BusinessGreen article. "So having everything designed in as early as possible [meant that the project] would not only be quicker, but would also be cheaper.”

 

The success of the bridge could inspire future projects, and help London on its path to becoming sustainable city.

 

Solarcentury created this video about the opening of the bridge:
 

 

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