The National Railway Museum has launched the second season of its Innovation Platform exhibition, focusing on decarbonisation.

The newly launched exhibition highlights technology that could benefit and make our railways greener and features BIPVco’s super-thin Flextron photovoltaic modules powering the rotating signage.

Described as the new generation of solar technology, the frame-less, glass-less flexible solar modules are highly advanced from traditional panels, requiring no additional weight support, fixings or brackets, and thanks to their EFTE non-stick surface layer, they are self-cleaning and maintenance-free.

The solar modules have recently been installed at Denmark Hill Station – Europe’s first carbon-positive train station.

As well as BIPVco’s solar modules, the display includes a hydrogen fuel cell from the UK’s first hydrogen-powered train, a composite overhead railway line mast, a 3D model of an emission-free hybrid battery shunting locomotive, lightweight sleepers made from recycled plastic, low-carbon 3D-printed concrete, and AI lineside monitoring software.

The seven objects will be on display together until June 2023

Cassi Roberts, Exhibition Project Manager at the National Railway Museum, said: “Decarbonisation is such an important word in our world right now, and we are delighted that we can showcase seven objects at the National Railway Museum that could help our railways become greener and more sustainable.

“Visitors will have the chance to learn a little more about how these objects work and the benefits they bring in comparison to alternative materials currently being used in the rail industry that may be higher in carbon or more energy intensive.”

Jonathan Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at BIPVco, said, “We’re thrilled to be a part of the Innovation Platform, having been involved in several rail projects over the years. The National Rail Museum is highlighting the great work happening in the rail industry, and we’re proud to develop technology that will play a role in helping to decarbonising the industry.”

Find out more about the Innovation Platform here.


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