Sian Berry, the Green Party candidate for London Mayor, has helped launch what is said to be the UK’s first transparent solar bus shelter.
UK-based technology company Polysolar has installed what it described as ‘revolutionary transparent solar-PV (photovoltaic) glazing in a smart, energy generating bus shelter’ at London’s Canary Wharf.
PolySolar said the new shelter is the first of its kind and that ‘embedding solar technology into the fabric of structures and buildings presents a simple, attractive and cost effective means of reducing London’s carbon emissions’.
The new shelter at Canary Wharf
Hamish Watson, founder and CEO of Polysolar said: ‘The solar bus shelter provides not just demonstration of the functionality, performance and aesthetics of our PV glass but represents an important application innovation. Using our solar PV glazing across London’s transport sector, in things like bus shelters, EV charging canopies, walkways and bike parks could have a significant impact on the city’s emissions, without compromising its environment, architecture or budgets.’
The new shelter was commissioned by Canary Wharf Group, and designed and developed by Polysolar Ltd in collaboration with street furniture supplier Marshalls,
It is capable of generating 2000 kW hours per year. PolySolar said this is enough electricity to power the average London home and that widespread adoption of this new glass technology could ‘make a significant contribution to London’s sustainable future’.