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World’s Largest Pedestrian Bridge Soaks up Rays

A few days ago, The Kurilpa Bridge in Brisbane officially opened, and it’s been referred to as the “largest pedestrian and cycle bridge.” It’s 470 meters long, and around 36,500 people will use the bridge each week. It features a programmable LED lighting system that can be adjusted for different effects and events.

What’s really cool, though, is that the bridge has 84 solar panels that can fully power the bridge in most lighting configurations, and provide 75% of the needed power for the fully lit mode. Excess power can be returned to the grid. The panels will average 100 kWh for daily output and 38 MWh for yearly output.

A Queensland government page has some amazing high-quality photos from several angles (scroll to the bottom for my favorites).  Inhabitat.com mentions that the design is reminiscent of knitting needles, and I agree.


Posted 10-14-2009 2:47 PM by Andrea Goodwin

Comments

SolarGen wrote re: World’s Largest Pedestrian Bridge Soaks up Rays
on 05-12-2010 1:05 AM

Wow that's pretty cool I must say. Would love to see more structures like this incorporate renewable energy solutions!

solar power brisbane wrote re: World’s Largest Pedestrian Bridge Soaks up Rays
on 12-28-2010 10:35 PM

I think Cox Rayner were the architects on that one. They did the googwill bridge as well I think. To have solar in such a prominant place in Brisbane can only be a positive to get people to consider solar as a legit alternative to our existing energy production.

Solar Panels wrote re: World’s Largest Pedestrian Bridge Soaks up Rays
on 03-03-2011 6:10 AM

Well its a good thing that solar power is given such a importance.

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