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Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department will be tightening its qualifyin...

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Two new wind farms in the Philippines have added 303 megawatts of clean energy t...

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

A “business unusual” approach is needed in the Geneva Talks to successfully deli...

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

Energizer has developed the world’s first high-performance battery made with rec...

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization confirmed that global warmi...

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

A 36.3 megawatt wind farm in Jamaica has received $62.7 million in funding from ...

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

The Asian Development Bank will be providing a company in Thailand loans to deve...

Business

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The state of Georgia is emerging as a leader among the 50 states in promoting and implementing the use of solar energy, in part because of both busine...

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Technology

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Researchers at Penn State have developed a concentrating photovoltaic system that is small enough and light enough to be mounted on a building’s roof....

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Politics

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

Monday, 16 February 2015

A new climate change draft text has been reached during the one-week United Nations-facilitated Geneva talks, leading to a binding treaty that is expe...

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Living Green

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The materials you surround yourself with—from flooring and window coverings to furniture and accessories—have a great impact on the health of your hom...

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Renewables

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced that they have secured orders this week for two projects in Poland and the United Kingdom. The orders c...

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Low-Carbon

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

An estimated 25,000 electric vehicle chargers could be deployed in California by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. PG&E is seeking permission from Cal...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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World Games 2009 main stadium to be powered by 8,844 solar panels


The World Games 2009 Main Stadium at Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Image sourced from The World Games 2009.

The World Games 2009, to be held in the southwestern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, will be using a solar-powered Main Stadium. 8,844 solar panels were installed on the 40,000-capacity structure designed by world-renowned Japanese architect Toyo Ito. Construction took two years and was without any accidents.

Lighting up the stadium took only six minutes during a testing last January 15. The whole track and field was illuminated with 3,300 lux. Surround sound system will be used and two jumbotron screens will also be on each side of the stadium. The said features will be powered by the stadium’s solar roof, which can generate 1.14 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. This means the reduction of 660 tons of carbon emissions. Construction of the stadium also used raw materials that are 100% reusable and Taiwan-made.

Surplus energy produced by the stadium’s solar electricity system will be sold during the non-game period.
Another energy efficient feature of the stadium is its open c-shape design. The design makes use of the main spectator stand as a shield for the field from sunlight, the southwestern summer wind and the northwestern winter wind. These features are expected to give stadium users more comfort.

A green zone will also be incorporated in the stadium’s 19-hectare scope. The said feature will include sport parks, bicycle paths, ecological ponds, and vegetation. This aims to give visitors the experience of a natural environment.


Jen Balboa


Source:

1 http://www.worldgames2009.tw/wg2009/eng/Venues_connect2.php

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