Professional sports teams around the world are constructing elaborate stadiums costing up to $1 billion or more to give their fans a one-of-a-kind venue. With total capacity of tens of thousands of people in these stadiums, the facility takes up a considerable amount of real estate. This provides an opportunity for the organizations to use the roof as well as other available space for solar panel installations. The Hague soccer stadium in the Netherlands has signed a letter of intent to install a 725 kW solar module installation on the roof with Kyocera Solar.
This Hague project is one of several stadium solar panel installations for the company. The Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland is one of the largest stadium solar installations consisting of 7,930 modules from Kyocera (News - Alert). It was completed in 2004 and it provides an overall output of 1,346.774 kWp, saving 630 tons of CO2 emission annually.
For the Hague Stadium, Kyocera is installing 2,900 high-quality solar modules, making it one of the largest building based photovoltaic projects in the Netherlands. When the installation is complete the CO2 emission reduction will result in lowering the amount by 272 tons a year for the city. This installation is part of the initiative for the city of Hague to be carbon neutral by 2040.
The Stadium has a capacity of 15,000 people and is home to the first division Dutch soccer team ADO Den Haag. It is also used for field hockey games, with construction set to begin following the Hockey World Cup this coming summer.
The company started developing solar cells in 1975 using the Edge-defined Film-fed Growth (EFG) process. This process is achieved by drawing out a sapphire-substrate ribbon. While this method of producing solar cells was effective at the time it proved to be too costly for mass production. After investing heavily in R&D the company was the first to mass produce solar cells using casting technology.
In 1986 Kyocera started the mass production of multicrystalline silicon solar cells using the casting method, a process that now has become one of the most common solar cell production techniques.
Once again the company is innovating new technology with its new d.Blue cells, which harvest more sunlight by reducing the amount of energy lost by reflection. These new panels use plasma and reactive gas in a Reactive Ion Etching (RIE) process to create micron-level ridges on the surface of its d.Blue photovoltaic modules.
Edited by Cassandra Tucker