Blackfriars: taking it to the bridge


The starting-point

In a massive upgrade of London’s Blackfriars station, Network Rail was expanding into Blackfriars Bridge, built across the Thames in 1886. They planned to add a roof and wanted to make it more sustainable.

Our solution

Solarcentury would install over 4,400 PV panels on the bridge’s new roof. The challenges included multiple roofs and slopes, as well as working high up, over water and with live train lines all around.

The result

With over 6,000m² of PV panels, Blackfriars is now the world’s largest solar-powered bridge, providing 50% of the station’s energy and saving over 500,000 kg of CO2.

Watch Blackfriars Bridge featured on CNN (and please excuse the 30 second ad intro).

The response

Network Rail senior programme manager Paul Byrne: “A showcase for the potential of solar power – and an important benchmark for Network Rail as we look to make best use of sustainable technology on the rail network.”

View the Blackfriars infographic here…

Power and payback

Estimations only, correct at time of installation

System size: 1.1 MWp

No of panels: 4,400

Annual generation: 900,000 kWh

Annual CO2 savings: 513,000 kg

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