Asia’s Largest Railway Station is Powered by 3,246 Solar Panels

December 19, 2008 / No Comments

We hear that China is not very eco-friendly. That may be true in many regards, but not so when it comes to the builders of Asia’s largest railway station – Beijing South. The station is large enought to hold a 747, has a roof area the size of 24 football pitches, can send 30,000 passengers on their way each hour and needs only 150 people to operate. Best of all…the power for the facility is generated by 3,246 solar panels that sit atop a glass roof. This gives new meaning to what’s above a glass ceiling, eh?

beijing south1 Asias Largest Railway Station is Powered by 3,246 Solar Panels

China is investing $735 billion over the next 11 years to expand it’s railway system to reach 120,000km (70,000 miles). To think…if all the new stations are green. China has 150 projects under construction and eight more were announced last month.

China definitely takes a beating on environmental concerns, and many of them rightfully so. Can you say fossil fuel consumption and coal power? But, Beijing South is a step in the right direction.

beijing south2 Asias Largest Railway Station is Powered by 3,246 Solar Panels

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