The Blackfriars bridge is the largest solar powered bridge in the world!
Blackfriars bridge located across the river Thames underwent a huge improvement by installing solar panels. After years in the making the Blackfriars bridge finally opened in 2014.
The project was one of the most complex to date for Solarcentury, which installed the panels in a series of phases over the past two years. It is larger than the world’s first solar bridge, the Kurilpa Bridge located in Brisbane, Australia.
The roof of the bridge has been covered with 4,400 photovoltaic panels equating to an area almost as large as Wembley stadium or 23 tennis courts, which provides up to half of the energy for London Blackfriars station.
The roof above the Victorian bridge was part of a £6.5bn programme to increase the capacity of the Thameslink route. As well as reducing the carbon dioxide emissions from the station.
The improvements that have been made on the Blackfriars bridge are not only to improve the journey for commuters but also provides London & the UK with a sustainable station for many years to come through the installation of solar panels.