Thursday, August 12, 2010
WORLD'S FIRST SOLAR POWERED STADIUM IN TAIWAN
Taiwan recently finished construction on a solar-powered stadium that will generate 100% of its electricity
from photovoltaic technology Designed by Toyo Ito,the 50,000-seat arena will officially open later this year
to welcome the 2009 World G ames which features many sports not included in the Olympics Such as parachuting, tenpin bowling and rugby sevens .
It has a 14,155m2 solar roof that can churn out 1.14 million kWh (gigawatt hours) of electricity per year. This is enough to power the building's 3,300 lights and two giant television screens. The 8,844 solar panels can power up 80% of the surrounding neighborhood when the stadium is unused. The Taiwanese government intends to sell the excess capacity generated during the hot summers. Large enough to hold 55,000 spectators, it has been built for US$150m