Monday, September 14, 2009

Solar Powered Stadium


In addition to being architecturally impressive, “World Games” Sports Arena in Taiwan, is the world’s first stadium to use solar energy as its primary source of power. The solar modules used were, in collaboration with 3S Swiss Solar Systems AG, Lyss, manufactured by Taiwanese company Lucky Power Technology Co. Ltd. and to date is Taiwan's largest photovoltaic installation.

Japanese architect Toyo Ito, designed this ultra-modern facility in accordance with set “Green Building” ecological requirements. At a cost exceeding US$150m, 8844 solar panels spanning 14155m2, were embedded into the structures crown.

Its roof emulates the form of a flowing river, and can potentially generate 1.14 gigawatt hours of electricity every year. The stadium which seats 55000 spectators, depending on the strength of the sun, can cover up to 75% of its energy requirement. This equates to enough solar energy to power up to 80% of the surrounding neighbourhood, when the stadium isn’t being used.

Michelle Govender
Association Minute Secretary

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