The Anonymous Widower

Denmark Hill Station – 4th September 2021

The article on Rail Technology Magazine is entitled Denmark Hill Station First To Use Innovative Solar Technology In Europe.

The first two paragraphs describe the technology.

Denmark Hill station has become the first train station in Europe to have BIPVco’s Flextron thin film technology installed, on top of other upgrades, following a £7.5m extension.

The sophisticated and flexible solar panels are different from traditional ‘glass like’ panels, requiring no additional weight support, and will be used across other stations going forward.


  1. In the application of the technology at Denmark Hill station, a surplus of electricity is returned to the grid.
  2. BIPVco is a company based in South Wales, that evolved from research by Tata Steel and Swansea University, with the backing of the Welsh Government.
  3. The panels are lightweight, flexible, durable and self-cleaning.

Many years ago, I put up a barn based on timber beams, which had a sheet steel roof. These panels would be ideal for many agricultural buildings, like the one I commissioned.

These are pictures I took at Denmark Hill station, this morning.


  1. The original station was designed by Charles Henry Driver.
  2. The new entrance displays a high degree of craftsmanship, especially in the brickwork.
  3. The coffee and gluten-free cake I had in FCB Coffee were excellent.
  4. The station has its own pub; The Phoenix.

According to Network Rail, it has already been nominated for two architectural awards.

September 4, 2021 - Posted by | Energy, Food, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , ,


  1. I visit Denmark Hill, frequently. After an interminable time in one of the infernal machines next door to the station, I can affirm that the best thing about the station is the Victoria Tavern. A decent hamburger and a Belgian Abbey beer restores the equilibrium.
    Once upon a time, one could catch a Thameslink train direct to Denmark Hill. In these straitened times, one has to change at Blackfriars. Inconvenient, but possibly the best Thames view in London.

    Comment by Robin St.Clair | September 4, 2021 | Reply

    • I assume you mean the hospital. If so, sorry about that and hope they fixed it.

      I agree about the view.

      One day I mentioned to a station guy, that it must be the windiest station in London. He then replied that he liked it, as it kept him healthy.

      We’re always told that ventilation is good for you!

      Comment by AnonW | September 4, 2021 | Reply

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