Construction of World’s Largest Solar Bridge Based on High-Efficiency Solar Modules by Sanyo
This Victorian bridge built in 1886 is getting a high-tech facelift. The bridge which is the foundation for the new Blackfriars station is being upgraded by Network Rail to cater for more commuters and at the same time to improve its train services. The upgrade is a new roof which will incorporate over 6,000 square meters of Sanyo’s HIT solar modules, creating the biggest solar array in London.
The new solar panel roof is expected to generate 900,000kWh of electricity every year, 50% of the station’s energy requirement while reducing the CO2 emission by an estimated 511 tones per year. The station in addition to solar panel will benefit from other form of energy saving measures including rain harvesting systems and sun pipes for natural lighting.