Project Description

Denmark Hill station is the first train station in Europe to have BIPVco’s Flextron thin film solar technology installed. At only 3mm thick and 3kg per m2 the flexible solar panels are highly advanced from traditional ‘glass like’ panels, requiring no additional weight support. Importantly for the re-generation project, the aesthetic finish offered by Flextron seamlessly integrates with the architectural design. Also by being glass free, these UK manufactured flexible panels are both shatterproof, and require no on-going cleaning/maintenance due to a Teflon like self cleaning top sheet.The advanced technology also operates at a higher efficiency in shadow and shading conditions, generating more energy than ‘traditional’ solar.

The regeneration project at Denmark Hill station positions Network Rail as pioneer in adopting the next generation of sustainable, renewable solar power.

Sustainability was key to the project where an innovative new photovoltaic (solar) film has been installed on the new station roof, the rain cover over the accessible ramp and the new platform canopies, to make the upgraded parts of the station ‘carbon positive’, inputting energy into the Electricity Grid overall. It is the first time the film has been used at a Network Rail station in Europe and will be also used at other stations going forward.

David Bradley, Chief Executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Making this new extension to Denmark Hill the first ‘carbon positive’ upgrade by utilising innovative solar technology also demonstrates our ambition to ensure our rail network is greener for passengers and better for our environment.

Chris Heaton Harris, Rail Minister

The work we’ve done at Denmark Hill was ground-breaking in terms of upgrades to existing Victorian infrastructure in many ways, fusing the modern with the old, and above all making it accessible and user-friendly for passengers.

The new upgrade is highly sustainable, using solar energy solutions that actually produce more power than the station upgrade needs to run, so we can put power back to the grid.

John Halsall, Southern Region Managing Director, Network Rail