Genesis Morocco: Green Games !

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Genesis Morocco

Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

Monday, July 5, 2010    <<Home

Green Games !

Taiwan’s Solar Stadium

We want Green Games for the future, zero emission games with an offset for all the air miles of the visiting supporters ! This stadium looks very capable of offsetting a lot of mileage. Kudos to the architect.

Taiwan’s Solar Stadium runs 100% on self-generated energy and supplies neighbourhood

May 22, 2009 by isiria

Here’s an example town planners and developers all over the world can learn from – and will be forced to over the years as the planet heats up: Taiwan’s Solar Stadium is 100% self-powered by solar energy, and during off-peak times supplies 80% of the energy needed by its neighbourhood. Inhabitat reports:

Taiwan recently finished construction on an incredible solar-powered stadium that will generate 100% of its electricity from photovoltaic technology! Designed by Toyo Ito, the dragon-shaped 50,000 seat arena is clad in 8,844 solar panels that illuminate the track and field with 3,300 lux. The project will officially open later this year to welcome the 2009 World Games.

Building a new stadium is always a massive undertaking that requires millions of dollars, substantial physical labor, and a vast amount of electricity to keep it operating. Toyo Ito’s design negates this energy drain with a stunning 14,155 sq meter solar roof that is able to provide enough energy to power the stadium’s 3,300 lights and two jumbo vision screens. To illustrate the incredible power of this system, officials ran a test this January and found that it took just six minutes to power up the stadium’s entire lighting system!

The stadium also integrates additional green features such as permeable paving and the extensive use of reusable, domestically made materials. Built upon a clear area of approximately 19 hectares, nearly 7 hectares has been reserved for the development of integrated public green spaces, bike paths, sports parks, and an ecological pond. Additionally, all of the plants occupying the area before construction were transplanted.

Non-sports fans in the community have a lot to jump up and down for as well. Not only does the solar system provide electricity during the games, but the surplus energy will also be sold during the non-game period. On days where the stadium is not being used, the Taiwanese government plans to feed the extra energy into the local grid, where it will meet almost 80% of the neighboring area’s energy requirements. Overall, the stadium will generate 1.14 million KWh per year, preventing the release of 660 tons of carbon dioxide into atmosphere annually.

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Personal notes : Which reminds me we applied twice for the World Cup. Perhaps we could develop the green games concept and propose FIFA with an offer too good to pass upon. The concept itself is simple : Zero emissions games, it would entail the fact that we offset not only the energy cost for infrastructure, like this stadium does, but also the miles traveled by spectators, gathering data thanks to systems such as Amadeus for all the inbound reservations during the games length and offsetting them with existing cleantech. Its a 4 year plan, but it should be implemented now.

Simple, yet a challenge. To be followed.

Update 21 sept. 2010 20:50 : Brazil will be next to host the World Cup in 2014, that leaves us with 8 years to prepare for 2018. Im very optimistic.