Solar cells are gaining more and more popular. The best place for them in the city – it’s the rooftops. However, they can be placed on any other open sunlight areas. For example, on the bridges over the rivers. Here is the world’s largest solar bridge and created now in London-based Old Bridge Blackfriars Bridge.
In the British capital already in full swing going work over the Blackfriars Bridge, which upon completion will become the longest bridge in the solar world.
The length of this structure, thrown over the river Thames in central London in 1888 year, already was 280 meters. In recent years, it is an active reconstruction, dedicated to the Summer Olympic Games in 2012. One of the stages of the reconstruction of the bridge is covering the ceiling of the solar panels. There will be established such panels 4400 the total area of ??6000 square meters.
It is expected that these solar panels on the bridge of Blackfriars Bridge will provide approximately 900,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which would provide electricity for all multi-storey building or a whole street of private houses – 35 farms. This will reduce annual emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by 500 tons!
Of course, this is not so impressive numbers. But solar panels covering the bridge Blackfriars Bridge – this is just the beginning! In total, the development of solar energy in the UK in the coming years will spend several billion pounds, derived from many different sources – private and public. And it’s safe to say that the Blackfriars Bridge – although this is the longest solar bridge, but not for long!