First solar powered stadium to be used at World Games in Taiwan

This futuristic looking stadium is the first in the world to provide all its own electricity using the power of the sun.

The horse shoe-shaped structure in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, has been built for the World Games which will take place in the city in July.

It is the first stadium to use only solar power technology for all its electricity. The gigantic 19 hectare structure which has a seating capacity of 55,000, will be used mostly for athletics and rugby events, including hosting the main events for the 2009 World Games.

After that, the Taiwanese national football team will play home matches there.

Japanese architect Toyo Ito designed the innovative steel rod structure with a roof covered in solar panels. Its unusual semi-spiral shape is intended to imitate a dragon and provide a ‘cordial welcome and a cheerful greeting’ to athletes and spectators with its open-ended structure.

A Taiwanese official said the panels will generate 1.14 million kWh of electricity per year, preventing 660 tons of annual carbon dioxide from being pumped into the atmosphere from traditional power stations.

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