Polysolar Ltd, a leading company in building-integrated photovoltaic technology, have installed their transparent solar-PV (photovoltaic) glazing in a smart, energy-generating bus shelter structure designed by Marshalls in London’s Canary Wharf.
Polysolar were previously selected as winners in Canary Wharf Group’s (CWG) Smart Cities accelerator, the Cognicity Challenge (April 2015). Then, Polysolar had competed in a twelve-week accelerator programme at Canary Wharf under the ‘Sustainable Buildings’ and stream of the competition.
Polysolar received a £50,000 prize and the opportunity to pilot their technology in one of London’s most forward-thinking districts, as part of Canary Wharf Group’s ongoing commitment to adopting the next generation of technology.
The shelter was designed and developed in collaboration by Polysolar Ltd and Marshalls.
The bus shelter is made of innovative transparent photovoltaic glass that generates clean, renewable electricity even in low and ambient light, helping meet London's infrastructure needs.
It was based on the Motis shelter, which is a modular system of standard parts that can be combined in any permutation to create cantilevered and gull-wing shelters, waiting rooms, and retail, ticket or information kiosks.
The concept of discretely embedding solar technology into the fabric of structures and buildings represents a convenient and attractive means of reducing London’s carbon footprint.
The Solar Bus Shelter is capable of generating more than 2000kWh per year, enough electricity to power the average London home - so adoption of this exciting technology can make a significant contribution to London’s sustainable future.
This installation will also constitute an upgrade in capacity and aesthetics over the previous bus shelter, retaining the weather-proofing and structural elements of standard architectural glazing.
Steve Reddington, Commercial Director for street furniture at Marshalls, said:
“We’re really pleased that Polysolar approached us to get with involved with this ground breaking project, the possibilities with this technology are really exciting. We worked closely with Polysolar to develop a design for the shelter which not only ensures integration into the modern landscape of Canary Wharf, but also means that the solar technology causes no visual impact, we’re thrilled with the outcome.”