The Victorian-era Blackfriars Bridge in London is getting a makeover – a 6,000 square meter solar photovoltaic roof. It’s currently being installed by Solarcentury and is on track to becoming the world’s largest solar bridge. It will hold 4,400 photovoltaic panels that will produce about 900,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year.
Blackfriars will be the only bridge with photovoltaic power out of the more than 120 bridges and tunnels that cross the River Thames. Solarcentury is collaborating with public transportation facilities to reduce congestion and pollution, improve the environment surrounding passengers, and regenerate more deprived areas throughout London.
Built in 1884, Blackfriars is long overdue for a redesign, bringing the steam-era railway up to date and giving travelers direct access to local attractions, including the Tate Modern and the Globe Theater. The redevelopment is part of the Thameslink program, which seeks to improve the interchange between the London Underground and national rail. The upgrade will nearly double the station’s capacity, allowing as many as 24 trains to run the tracks every hour.
There are several other green bridges out there, such as the solar-powered footbridge in Brisbane, Australia, but the Blackfriars Bridge will still hold the record for the time being.
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