PV Finds Enough Sun in London for Transport Stations

Two transport buildings in London are defying the cloudy nature of the country’s sky by using solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays as power sources. Solarcentury designed the arrays for the Vauxhall Cross Transport Interchange and the Walworth Bus Depot.

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone joked that since the roof top solar PV system was commissioned two months ago it has generated enough clean electricity to avoid the emission of green house gas carbon dioxide equivalent to the “bodyweight of 11 politicians.” Vauxhall, which is open 24-hours a day, gets one-third of it’s energy needs from 168 Sanyo HIT Cell 180 W modules. Walworth Bus Garage is the first bus garage in London to be solar powered with a simple roof mounted PV array of 744 Kaneka Amorphous Silicon modules. This energy helps to power machines, which is used to maintain part of the London Buses fleet. The panels for both buildings are suited to cloudy London, according to the press release, ensuring maximum output from the photovoltaic systems. Together both systems should prevent the emission of 27 tons of CO2 every year. Transport for London, which is the managing organization for London’s transport system, also uses solar energy for lighting bus stops, bus shelters and roadside ticket machines. solarcentury’s “streetsmart” solar street furniture solutions have already been used to power bus shelters and bus stops throughout London, as well as a trial solar powered ticket machine on Waterloo Bridge. The Department of Trade and Industry provided 65 percent of the grant funding for the installation of solar PV modules for these project, as part of their Major Photovoltaic Demonstration Program.
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