According to Wiki: The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge spanning the River Tyne between Gateshead’s Quays arts quarter on the south bank, and the Quayside of Newcastle upon Tyne on the north bank. The award-winning structure was conceived and designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre and structural engineers Gifford. The bridge is sometimes referred to as the ‘Blinking Eye Bridge’ or the ‘Winking Eye Bridge’ due to its shape and its tilting method. In terms of height, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge is slightly shorter than the neighbouring Tyne Bridge, and stands as the sixteenth tallest structure in the city.
This Let there be Light sequence was taken, handheld, with a Samsung SII smartphone, so less than ideal for the task. Watch and wait for the colours to change; in real life they do this on a much slower cycle – you get bored and very cold in November, standing, waiting and waiting for the next colour shift:
Let there be light under this cold November sky because without it, these solar panels are just ornamental. Installed quite recently on a brown field site just outside Hexham, the panels track the movement of the sun thereby producing up to 45% more yield compared with fixed-mounted PV installations. Strangely, Google throws up no information on this particular project so I have no idea of the total site yield, nor who benefits – maybe it just feeds into the National Grid. The site is dual purpose – solar panels and around their base, self-storage units – an odd, if imaginative combination. I notice that the entire installation is under 24-hour camera surveillance; I trust nothing untoward happens in the near future or I can expect a call from the men in blue:
(click on the images to enlarge). Anyone familiar with Hexham will recognise the iconic column of steam in the last image; it is rising from the Egger plant and drifting east down the Tyne Valley. It is such a constant that it provides a handy daylight reference for small aircraft approaching Newcastle Airport from the west.
Following Susan Judd’s fine example, this is a combined Weekly Photo Challenge: Let there be Light & Travel Theme: Sky