Spectacular solar building

Posted by Laura Grant on January 15, 2008
Posted in Renewable energy

Sanyo’s solar arkThis stunning piece of architecture is Sanyo’s Solar Ark, one of the world’s biggest solar energy generation systems.

Designed with a vision of “an ark embarking onto a journey towards the 21st century” in mind, it’s 315 metres long, 37 metres high and covered with 5,046 solar battery panels, which produce an annual electrical output of 53,000kWh.

At the building’s centre is a state-of-the-art science museum, which opened to visitors in April 2002, that aims to create interest in environmental issues and photovoltaic science.

The Ark is fitted with more than 77,000 red, green and blue LEDs that turn it into a huge illuminated presentation panel on which a variety of visual images can be created. This must be quite a spectacle for people travelling on the JR Tokaido bullet train in Gifu, Japan, as the railway line passes close to the Solar Ark.

Via: Inhabitat


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