With the continually growing solar power market around the world, it seems a good time to be celebrating the accomplishments the solar industry has achieved and the improvements in solar technology that have allowed the construction of carbon neutral buildings to be possible.
An amazing solar powered building that should be mentioned is Kaohsiung National Stadium located in Southern Taiwan, the largest solar powered stadium in the world. This stadium
was built in May 2009 for the World Games by Japanese architect Toyo Ito costing $150 million. The stadium holds 55,000 people and is also the largest stadium in Taiwan in terms of capacity.
The stadium itself is shaped like a dragon and was the first stadium of its kind in the world to provide power using solar energy. Holding 8844 solar panels all around the external
surface of the building, and giving the illusion of dragon scales, the solar panels are capable of generating 1.14 gigawatt hours of electricity every year. This is enough to meet the stadium’s energy needs with 3300 lights and two giant TV screens. When not in use, the electricity generated from the solar panels is enough to power 80 per cent of the stadium’s surrounding neighbourhood.
The building was built from 100 per cent reusable material that was sourced solely from Taiwan. The trees that were in the place of the current stadium were also transplanted rather
than chopped down. These environmentally friendly initiatives along with utilizing renewable energy such as solar power are all significant efforts that will assist us with a greener and more sustainable future.
For more information, refer to: http://www.nssac.gov.tw/english/index.aspx