Opening of UK's first transparent solar bus shelter

Green Party Mayoral candidate Sian Berry cuts the ribbon on the UK’s first energy generating shelter

From left, Sir George Iacobescu, chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group, Sian Berry, Green Party candidate for London Mayor, Hamish Watson, founder and CEO of Polysolar and Dr Joanna Slota-Newson, chief technology officer of Polysolar cut the ribbon on the bus shelter

The UK’s first solar power generating bus stop has been opened in Canary Wharf. Designed by Polysolar Ltd it is made with transparent photovoltaic glazing, which captures the sun’s rays even in low light.

It was unveiled on Friday, April 8, outside the HSBC building in Canada Square by London Mayoral candidate Sian Berry.

It can generate up to 2,000 kW hours per year of renewable electricity, enough to power the average London home, which will be used to run smart signs and infrastructure on the estate and help reduce carbon emissions.

Polysolar was commissioned to create the shelter by Canary Wharf Group after winning its Cognicity Challenge and it worked with hard landscaping and street furniture supplier Marshalls on the pilot scheme.

It hopes to use the technology for cladding on new buildings on the estate in the future