http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.01Change: 0.02
R/$ = 12.07Change: 0.06
Au 1186.96 $/ozChange: 3.05
Pt 1141.50 $/ozChange: 1.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jul 20, 2012

Big London train station solar array project advances

Back
London|First Capital Connect|Network Rail|Panasonic|PROJECT|Solar Century|Sustainable|Water|United Kingdom|Blackfriars Rail Bridge|Underground Station|Victorian Bridge|Electricity|Electronics Manufacturer|Energy|Energy Needs|Rail Network|Railway Operator|Services|Solar Energy|Sustainable Technology|River Thames|Bakia Mbianyor|Frans Van Den Heuvel|Paul Byrne|Power|Rail|Water|Versatile Technology
|PROJECT|Sustainable|Water|||Energy|Services|||Power|Rail|Water|
london|first-capital-connect|network-rail|panasonic|project|solar-century|sustainable|water-company|united-kingdom|blackfriars-rail-bridge|underground-station|victorian-bridge|electricity|electronics-manufacturer|energy|energy-needs|rail-network|railway-operator|services|solar-energy|sustainable-technology|river-thames|bakia-mbianyor|frans-van-den-heuvel|paul-byrne|power|rail|water|versatile-technology-technology
© Reuse this

The installation of 4 400 solar panels on the roof of the Blackfriars train station, in central London, reached the halfway mark in July, said British railway operator Network Rail.

Network Rail is rebuilding the station on top of Blackfriars Rail Bridge to provide more space for passengers and longer, more frequent trains. The new station roof above the Victorian bridge will generate up to 50% of the station’s energy needs.

The solar panels, manufac- tured by electronics manufacturer Panasonic and designed and installed by solar energy company Solar Century, will cover an area of 6 000 m2, making Blackfriars the largest solar bridge in the world. The panels are expected to generate 900 000 kWh of electricity every year, saving more than 500 t a year of carbon dioxide (CO2).

“The 125-year-old rail bridge’s iconic location, spanning the River Thames, makes it a showcase for the potential of solar power and an important benchmark for Network Rail, as we are looking to make the best use of sustainable technology on the rail network,” said Network Rail senior programme manager for Blackfriars Paul Byrne.

“Blackfriars will become fully operational for passengers this month, with two new entrances, four new platforms and a new London Underground station. We will complete work on the bridge, including the installation of solar panels, later in the year.

“We have been working on one of the most complex build programmes in the country at height, as well as over water and live train lines. Architecturally challenging, the project demonstrates just what is possible with this versatile technology in dense urban areas,” said Solar Century CEO Frans van den Heuvel.

“In terms of CO2 emissions, rail travel is already the most sustainable form of mass transport with 0.1 kg of CO2 per passenger mile. The solar panels at Blackfriars will allow us to reduce our carbon footprint even more at one of our most important stations in central London,” said UK train operator First Capital Connect sustainability manager Bakia Mbianyor.

Over the past four years, Blackfriars station has been rebuilt on top of a Victorian rail bridge. The bridge was stripped to its foundations and reconstructed wider and stronger to house platforms, a 250-m-long roof and the world’s largest bridge-based solar array.

The work forms part of a wider upgrade of the Thames-link route, running from Bedford to Brighton through central London. First Capital Connect customers on this route will benefit from longer trains and more frequent services, with a metro-style train every 2.5 minutes through central London during peak times.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other News This Week News
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review. Capex...
RESOURCEFUL The raw material for the pilot plant would be supplied from the dissolving wood pulp plants at Sappi’s Saiccor and Ngodwana mills, in South Africa, and the Cloquet mill, in the US
South African paper and pulp producer Sappi reported earlier this month that it would build a pilot plant for the production of low-cost Cellulose NanoFibrils, or CNF (nanocellulose) at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.
More
 
 
Latest News
South Africa's only nuclear plant, Koeberg
The Department of Energy (DoE) announced on Tuesday that the pre-procurement phase for South Africa’s proposed roll-out of a nuclear new build programme had been completed, following the latest in a series of workshops with vendor countries and their companies....
The Competition Commission has appointed Bukhosibakhe Majenge legal services divisional manager, effective April 1. The commission advised on Tuesday that Majenge would take over from Wendy Ndlovu, appointed manager in the office of the Commissioner. Majenge had...
Aim-listed energy provider Ncondezi Energy has been granted an extension for meeting certain conditions relating to the conditional commercial deal signed between it and Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) for its 300 MW power plant. Ncondezi was establishing an...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review. Capex...
After several years of navigating project-threatening red tape and currency fluctuations, the 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant, which will supply clean energy to a leading automotive manufacturer in Gauteng, is expected to enter production before June....
RESOURCEFUL The raw material for the pilot plant would be supplied from the dissolving wood pulp plants at Sappi’s Saiccor and Ngodwana mills, in South Africa, and the Cloquet mill, in the US
South African paper and pulp producer Sappi reported earlier this month that it would build a pilot plant for the production of low-cost Cellulose NanoFibrils, or CNF (nanocellulose) at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.
The long-term outlook for Nigeria is a country that has the potential to be very strong. So affirmed International Monetary Fund (IMF) Nigeria Mission Chief and Senior Resident Representative Dr Gene Leon on recently. "But we are starting from a point of huge...
Poor infrastructure planning and inadequate maintenance are becoming increasingly problematic for new developments and the associated infrastructure required to support such developments. In many urban and rural municipalities, the state of infrastructure has been...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96