This solar-powered shelter is a renewable source of energy in urban areas

London shifts toward a more sustainable brand of infrastructure with the unveiling of a solar-powered bus shelter. It will be able to generate an amount of electricity equivalent to what it takes to power the average family home.

The bus shelter—the first of its kind in the United Kingdom—was constructed using transparent photovoltaic glass capable of converting solar energy into electricity. Located in the city’s Canary Wharf district, the shelter was designed by Polysolar, a technology company, in collaboration with Marshalls, a landscaping and street furniture supplier. The electricity generated by the shelter will power signage and other elements of the local infrastructure.

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