This new stadium nearing completion in Taiwan has something for everyone. It’s shaped like a dragon, which is pretty darn cool, can seat 50,000 people, and is 100-percent solar powered.
What look like scales are actually 8,844 solar panels, which illuminate the playing field with 3,300 lux and powers two massive view screens, according to Inhabitat. In a test, the system reportedly powered up in just six minutes.
Officials plan to sell surplus energy generated by the solar array, and when the stadium is not in use, it will be transmitted to the local grid. That’s expected to take care of 80 percent of the neighboring area’s energy needs.
Additional green features include permeable paving and the incorporation of reusable, domestically-made materials. Nine hectares of the 17-hectare site were also revered for public green spaces, bike paths and sports field. All of the plants that previously occupied the site were transplanted as well.
The stadium is expected to generate 1.14 million kilowatt hours per year, preventing 660 tons of carbon-dioixde emissions.