Photovoltaics to power World Cup in Brazil

Brazil is to host the World Cup in June and July 2014 at the Mané Garrincha stadium in the capital city of Brasília. With stadium renovations due for completion in December 2012, among the key features will be a roof of tensioned canvas featuring an array of PV panels with the capacity to generate 2.5 MW.

Sufficient to generate at least 50 percent of the stadium’s energy needs even in peak periods during the tournament, the energy produced is expected to surpass the arena’s needs with the excess being fed into the grid. Organizers are planning for the stadium to become the first soccer stadium in the world to achieve LEED Platinum status, the highest level attainable.

According to some reports, the construction costs could surpass $486 million.

The German firm Schlaich Bergermann & Partner has developed plans for the stadium to generate enough solar power to avoid 2,560 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

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