Viva! Solar Powered Floating Structure Comes Up in Seoul

June 6, 2011 / No Comments

It seems that many of our childhood fantasies are coming true – and let’s tell you its not on celluloid. A new floating island in South Korea powered by solely by solar energy is seeking all attention of the global citizens.

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Called Viva, this first of its kind island is fully powered by solar energy. One main charm here is that the entertainment structure that includes a 700-seat convention hall, restaurants and arcades.

A similar, but different, concept was in the making at Dubai’s Palm Island. However, that structure was being constructed by dumping sand on the ocean floor. In the case of Viva and the upcoming 2 other satellite structures, completely floats on the Han River surface.

The Han River has sufficient water throughout the year, but in the case of a rise and fall of the water level in river, the threat of flooding over is completely ruled out.

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A highly advanced tracking system is employed that can alert the controller, when the island floats too far from its fixed site due the varying water levels.

What makes it float are 24 giant airbags. The Main Island weighs 2,000 tons, but however has a capacity to support weights up to 6,400 tons.

The floating zone is fastened to 500 tons of concrete block which hold it in place. With the completion of the other two islands that are under construction, the trio will be linked together with 23 weather-proof chains.

Viva has a complete self sustained power source. The 3-storey building holds as many as 54 square meters of solar panels, that generate 6 kilowatts of energy each day, providing electricity for the functioning the building, and also lights up the frontages at night.

The project is being developed by the South Korean government on an investment of $83.9 million. All three structures are expected to be up and running by August this year.