03 Aug '12, 6pm

2012 Summer Olympics: The Greenest Games Ever?

The Velodrome is composed of lightweight materials and sustainably sourced timber. Constructed for passive solar, the building utilizes natural light during the day to reduce energy consumption. The Velodrome also makes use of natural ventilation to cut out AC use and rainwater to reduce water consumption up to 70%. According to the ODA, it is 30% more energy efficient than comparable buildings constructed today. Though the original target was to produce 20% of its energy from on-site renewable sources, the 2012 Olympics are now expected to produce about 9% of its energy from solar, wind and biofuels. The Energy Centre contains biomass boilers, one of which is 3 MW. A small amount of solar panels were also added on top of the the car park to help offset energy consumption. The previous plans for the 2012 Olympics included a 2-MW wind turbine, which was scrapped in 2010 due...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2012/08...

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