Kurilpa Bridge lights up with solar power
The design for the Kurilpa Bridge is a world-first and a new landmark for the State of Queensland. Construction of the bridge began in October 2007 and is the first in the world to be built using a method that combines tension and compressed steel. The Premier says the Kurilpa Bridge is the world’s largest tensegrity pedestrian and cycle bridge which balances tension and compression components to produce a light but incredibly strong structure.
One of the other unique features of the bridge is how it is lit and powered. The bridge employs a sophisticated LED lighting scheme that can be programmed to produce an array of different lighting effects, which will become a feature of Brisbane’s annual Riverfire celebrations. 75 per cent of the power required to run the LED lighting in the fully lit mode is generated by solar energy.