A Fully Solar Powered Stadium


solar stadium

Okay, wow.  Toyo Ito has designed a 100% solar powered stadium for the 2009 World Games that has a 40,000 seat capacity, can feed its excess power back into the community during the off-season, and has over 8,000 solar panels on its roof.  Some info from the World Games website on the stadium:

The whole construction of the Main Stadium, with a capacity of 40,000 seats, designed by Toyo Ito, only required two years of work, and was finally tested for lighting facilities on January 15, 2009. It took over six minutes to power up the lighting in the stadium, which illuminates the track and field with 3,300 lux. Two jumbotrons screens on each side of the stadium, along with a surround sounding system, make this an international standard soccer field and facility, ensuring that it is the perfect venue for the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the Rugby 7s and Flying Disc events.

The City of Kaohsiung is particularly proud of this project. During the construction period, no site accidents occurred, while the construction crew successfully overcame the technical difficulties presented by installing spiral steel girders and 8,844 solar panels on the roof.

Moreover, this stadium is notable for its eco-friendliness: the solar panels on the stadium roof generate 1.14 million kWh of electricity per year, thus reducing 660 tons of annual carbon dioxide output. In addition, all the raw materials used in the main stadium are 100% reusable and made in Taiwan.

This is amazing.  Think of it – something that is built that is actually sustainable.  I’m getting a little exhausted with all of the greenwashing lately, especially when 75% of it is total crap.

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  1. WOW looks amazing, i cannot wait to see some rugby 7s in this stadium! hats off to all that worked on it. I hope the 2012 olympics will create a stadium like this for london.

  2. I would like to design a basketball court for and area where the community is very poor. The court would be self-sustainable and I would like to use either hybrid lighting (Light posts). I would also like to know if you are aware of what would be the proper lighting to use for the structure (ceiling) of the basketball court. I would like to use some sort of adequate and proper led lighting instead of the typical metal halide traditional lamps that are used. We usually use 1000W (HID) but would like to find out which led would perfectly balance the change. Would an 80 flood light work?


    Antonio Found

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