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Photo Friday: Blackfriars Bridge – the world’s largest solar bridge

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This year, the world’s largest solar bridge was brought online in London, United Kingdom. The Blackfriars Bridge holds 4,400 roof-mounted solar panels over a 6,000 square meter area. These panels are expected to supply half of the energy needs of the Blackfriars rail station, or about 900,000 kWh per year.

Photo Credit: Photo of Blackfriars bridge in London, UK by/copyright Dr. Francis Li and used with his permission.

Melissa C. Lott About the Author: An engineer and researcher who works at the intersection of energy, environment, technology, and policy. Follow on Twitter @mclott.

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  1. 1. WilliamGrogan 2:53 pm 02/28/2014

    So where will they get their power from for most of the winter when the Sun sets around 6:00pm and when the sun isn’t shining? London isn’t exactly famous for the lack of clouds or rain. Will the companies who own the fossil fueled power station just sit around twiddling their thumbs with their generators ticking over when it suits the solar panel people until the clouds roll over? Nonsense!

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