Sunday, July 12, 2009

Taiwan World Games stadium is largest completely solar powered sports venue

The main stadium built for the 2009 World Games (July 16 to 26) is the largest stadium to generate enough photovoltaics to power it completely. The stadium which seats 40,000 has 8,844 solar panels which will generate 1.1 million kWh per year.

The World Games are the B-list of the Olympics. Only sports that don't make it into the big show can be included. These sports include korfball (a Dutch non-contact basketball like game), Tchoukball (another non-contact ball game), inline skate hockey, ten pin bowling and P├ętanque, canoe polo and fistball (a one-bounce variation on volleyball).

The solar cells lined up on the roof of the stadium were made by Lucky Power Technology LTD using equipment from 3S Swiss Solar Systems AG, Lyss.

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