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Taiwan's Solar Stadium is 100% Powered by the Sun

 
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Taiwan's Solar Stadium is 100% Powered by the Sun by Diane Pham, 05/20/09


Taiwan recently finished construction on an incredible solar-powered stadium that will generate 100% of its electricity from photovoltaic technology! Designed by Toyo Ito, the dragon-shaped 50,000 seat arena is clad in 8,844 solar panels that illuminate the track and field with 3,300 lux.   Normal 0   false false false        MicrosoftInternetExplorer4  <![endif]-->   <![endif]-->    /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable      {mso-style-name:"Table Normal";      mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;      mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;      mso-style-noshow:yes;      mso-style-parent:"";      mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;      mso-para-margin:0in;      mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;      mso-pagination:widow-orphan;      font-size:10.0pt;      font-family:"Times New Roman";      mso-ansi-language:#0400;      mso-fareast-language:#0400;      mso-bidi-language:#0400;}  <![endif]-->The 2009 World Games was conducted in this stadium during 16-26 July 2009.  

Building a new stadium is always a massive undertaking that requires millions of dollars, substantial physical labor, and a vast amount of electricity to keep it operating. Toyo Ito's design negates this energy drain with a stunning 14,155 sq meter solar roof that is able to provide enough energy to power the stadium's 3,300 lights and two jumbo vision screens.  


If you happen to spot the dragon scales, look carefully again. These dragon scales are actually 8,844 solar panels. These solar panels are enough to meet the stadium's energy needs. They can produce about 1.14 gigawatt hours of electricity every year. This amount of electricity is enough to power 80% of the stadium's surrounding neighborhood when it's not in use. To illustrate the incredible power of this system, officials ran a test this January and found that it took just six minutes to power up the stadium's entire lighting system!  


The stadium also integrates additional green features such as permeable paving and the extensive use of reusable, domestically made materials. Built upon a clear area of approximately 19 hectares, nearly 7 hectares has been reserved for the development of integrated public green spaces, bike paths, sports parks, and an ecological pond. Additionally, all of the plants occupying the area before construction were transplanted.

Non-sports fans in the community have a lot to jump up and down for as well. Not only does the solar system provide electricity during the games, but the surplus energy will also be sold during the non-game period. On days where the stadium is not being used, the Taiwanese government plans to feed the extra energy into the local grid, where it will meet almost 80% of the neighboring area's energy requirements. Overall, the stadium will generate 1.14 million KWh per year, preventing the release of 660 tons of carbon dioxide into atmosphere annually.


This is not the whole story. The stadium’s designers have also put lots of effort to curtail the environmental impact of the stadium. They utilized only those raw materials that have been procured from Taiwan and are 100 per cent reusable. The site is surrounded by a 19 hectare open space, with around 7 hectares exclusively kept aside as integrated public green spaces, bike paths, sports parks and even an ecological pond. To further make the entire project environmental friendly, all of the plants occupying the area before construction were transplanted.

The stadium will be utilized for rugby and other athletic events, including home matches for the football team after the World Games 2009 will be over.

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Taiwan's Solar Stadium is 100% Powered by the Sun | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World  
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