Solar Bridge in Blackfriars, London
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:36



London commuters were treated to a bridge enthusiasts dream earlier this month when the world's largest solar powered bridge was revealed. 

The Blackfriars Bridge which span the Thames is now sporting 4,400 photovoltaic panels and is providing half of the energy required for Blackfriars Station. The project has been under-way for the last five years and is expected to cut emissions from the station by 511 tons each year. 

The work was carried out as part of a remodelling scheme at the station and has transformed Blackfriars from a small and cramped station to a modern landmark where longer and more comfortable trains can be accommodated. 

David Statham from First Capital Connect has stated that the solar panels offer commuters an even greener travel experience and has turned the station into a visible landmark. 

The man behind the panels, Frans van den Heuvel from Solarcentury says that while the engineering feat required was complex it can be achieved almost anywhere.