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The platforms at Blackfriars Station, London

The platforms at Blackfriars Station, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

The project is scheduled for completion by mid-2012 containing over 4,400 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

This Victorian-style bridge, built in 1886, is being renovated by Network Rail to accommodate more passengers and provide improved train service.

A new roof, added to the historic structure, will incorporate over 6,000m2 of PV panels, creating the biggest solar array in London.

The solar panels will generate an estimated 900,000kWh of electricity every year, providing 50% of the station’s energy and reducing CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes per year.

In addition to solar panels, other energy saving measures at the new station will include rain harvesting systems and sun pipes for natural lighting.

The Blackfriars upgrade is part of Network Rail’s Thameslink programme, intended to provide longer trains running on the Bedford to Brighton route through London.

When the upgrade is complete, up to 24 trains per hour will be able to run on the central London section of the route, providing more commuters seating.

A statement issued, quoted the Network Rail’s project director for Blackfriars, mention that  this project will offer commuters a modern station and delivering a vastly improved train service, while at the same time installing London’s largest solar array to make Blackfriars more environmentally-friendly and sustainable.

There are many buildings in London now powered by solar in the capital as investment in this technology increases.

Source : Clean Technica & Construction Review

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