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May 30

New Solar Stadium in Taiwan

Posted in Energy Industry | Future Technology | Solar Power

Solar Stadium in Taiwan It’s official now. Taiwan will hold the World Games 2009 in July. This international sporting event will include games like korfball, billiards, dragon boat racing and women’s tug-of-war. But why are we discussing World Games 2009 in an alternative energy spectrum? Actually Taiwan can boast of Asia’s first fully solar-powered stadium. The stadium gives a dragon-like impression if you happen to view it from the sky. In their culture dragon is associated with good fortune. 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. The roof covers an area of 14,155m2 . 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. The stadium has 3,300 lights and two giant TV screens.

The person who is responsible to give this abstract idea a concrete form is a Japanese architect Toyo Ito. This project cost around $150 million to build and can accommodate 55,000 spectators.

This stadium is situated in the city of Kaohsiung. Switzerland too has a somewhat similar high-profile Stade de Suisse that is located in Bern. It can accommodate 32,000 spectators and produce 700,000kWh annually. Beijing National Indoor Stadium too can absorb 19,000 spectators and has 1,124 solar panels. But Taiwan till date can be proud owner of the largest solar powered stadium in the world. Taiwanese officials claim the stadium’s energy production output will save 660 tons of carbon dioxide each year.

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.

Taiwan Solar Stadium

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.

We all know what it takes to build a new stadium. It is always a massive undertaking that consumes millions of dollars, sizable number of laborers and huge amount of power supply while the construction is underway. It is amazing to think that it took a mere two years to finish the construction process on this unique eco-friendly stadium. In order to generate the massive amount of energy the stadium utilizes it 14,155 sq meter solar roof to capture the sun rays, and the consequent power generation can power the stadium’s 3,300 lights and two jumbo vision screens. The test run has already been carried out and to everybody’s pleasant surprise, it merely took 6 minutes to power up the stadium’s entire lighting system.

So we can see that going solar on large scale is not some impossible feat. It can be achieved if we don’t limit our imaginations.

  • Jalil

    Soler energy is the best solution. I think the whole world use this energy especially the poor countries.

  • Jos Conil

    This is a very innovative and imaginative use of alternative energy. It’s not just the roofing with solar panels that makes this project unique. The design also integrates the roof with the aesthetics and culture.

    The care taken to provide public open spaces and also to transplant the trees in the stadium area deserves applause. Hats off to the Architect Toyo lto!. Let this stadium become a standard for future sports facilities.

  • sean

    From the picture in this article it kind of seems like a waste of panels since hardly any of them are at an appropriate angle to capture the sun’s rays. It is kind of a cool idea and everything, but if you’re going to take over two years and millions of dollars to do something like this, why not do it right? I guess it is possible that the picture is misleading.

  • Promote Liberty

    Does anyone know whether this is a privately-owned stadium/property?

  • Pete

    Lets look at some existing solar plants.

    20.3 acres or 82,151M2 produces 3.1 MkWh/year
    double this and you get 160,000M2 produce 3.2 Mkwh/year

    How then is this stadium producing 1.14GWh/year on less square meters??

    Us generating capacity in 2007 was 4157 Billion KWh/year.
    Thats 4.157 x 10 to 15th power. Even using their figure of 1.415Gigawatt hours/year it would take 3 MILLION of these stadiums to be built to equal US generating capacity. Then you need storage on top of that since panels only work during the day. Solar panels also take up to 2 years of running to break even paying back their Mfg and installation. Do this… Try running the bulldozers and other equipment that built and installed this stadium with solar energy. Solar has its place but you cant run a country on it.

  • Peter Yeh

    no this is not privately owned stadium it is owned by our government

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