PHOTOVOLTAIC CANOPY – COMO RAILWAY STATION
COMO RAILWAY STATION
Onyx Solar has supplied its innovative solar technology to be part of a one-of-a-kind-project where photovoltaic glass was installed into a canopy in the Como Railway Station located in Sydney, Australia.
- Total Area - 87 M2
- Electricity generated in 35 years - 446,674 kWh
- Total lighting points operating 4 hours per day in 35 years - 880 lighting points
- CO2 emissions Avoided in 35 years - 370 Tons of CO2
- Barrels of oil saved in 35 years - 263 barrels
Example of a feasibility study of crystalline silicon photovoltaic canopy in Sydney:
- Payback time < 4.4 years
- Internal rate of return (IRR) 23.4 %
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The installation has 87 m2, and it is composed of 32 crystalline silicon photovoltaic glass units with a glass configuration of 6T+6T mm: 16 measures 2,660x1,340 mm with 112 mono-crystalline solar cells of 6” each, and another 16 measures 1,400x1,340 mm with 56 solar cells.
The installation of the glass will generate free and clean energy enough to feed 880 light points a day (42 kWh) while avoiding the emission of 370 tons of CO2 during its lifespan. The station is now sustainably powered with solar energy during the day thanks to the PV glass system that provides a reliable, clean source of power and increases the resilience of Transport for NSW’s energy supply. Besides, it filters out the harmful UV & IR rays, enhancing the passenger experience.
Opened in 1885, Como Railway Station is located on the Illaware line, serving the Sydney suburb of Como. It has transformed into a beautiful and unique modern facility that caters for sustainability and aesthetics. This impressive transformation, showcasing innovation and appreciation of the local environment, has been built by Australian construction company Degnan Construction. The company has designed and successfully integrated an innovative renewable energy solution for the Como Station Upgrade as part of the Transport Access Program for Transport for New South Wales. In a first of its kind for the Rail industry in Australia.
“The solution was to reinvent the traditional platform canopy design using PV glass and use the solar power this produced to run the station’s lighting, communications, and general power requirements while using natural light to illuminate existing dark spaces.”
Josh Petre - Head of Engineering, Assurance and Sustainability of Degnan.
Degnan team were thrilled and honoured to have received the 33rd National Banksia Sustainability Award in the Clean Technology Category with the judges commenting "Degnan Constructions shows excellent innovation that can be replicated and scaled, clearly meeting the innovation goals across transport infrastructure, renewable energy and sustainability. Their work shows a whole new way of thinking for network planning.”
To watch the explaining poster, made by Transport for NSW, clic here.
Client: Transport for NSW (TfNSW)
Constructor: Degnan Construction
Onyx Solar’s Local Representative: ArcPlan | Consulting - Enver Kolac
Architect: DesignInc Sydney