Sunday, July 13, 2014

A 'Continent Showdown' between Germany and Argentina

Tonight (tomorrow morning), football fans from around the world will witness the unfolding of what seemed to be a nail-biting final match of this year’s World Cup: Germany versus Argentina.

I am an England supporter but with their World Cup campaign cut short, I am now rooting for Germany. But that's my preference, you are absolutely free to support your favourite team. So, let's watch likes of Messi and Muller play in few hour's time.

Meanwhile, here are some facts about both teams:

Germany vs Argentina


Their distinctive roads to the final:

Germany vs Argentina


May the best team win. I will update this page as soon as the final result is known tomorrow.


Update @5.50am Malaysia time:
Germany won the 2014 World Cup, beating Argentina 1 - 0 with substitute Mario Gotze scoring the winner during extra time (112th minute).

Well done Germany!


Info-graphic source: Astro Awani

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Indianapolis Motor Speedway has the world's largest solar PV farm

With installed capacity of 9 MW, no other sporting facility in the world has larger solar farm than Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

Brazil's World Cup stadiums such as Mane Garrincha and Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto have PV arrays installed on their rooftops but theirs are smaller in size - up to 2.5 MW. In Europe, Verona’s Bentegodi football stadium is fitted with 1 MW of solar PV module.



The 9-MW solar PV farm at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The facility was unveiled early July 2014. Image: REW


“In 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was constructed in part to help advance the automotive industry, which at that time was the new technology of the day. Today, the unused land at the IMS property just east of the race track has been transformed into a solar energy production facility that will provide an alternative source of energy to IPL customers.” - J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president.


About the IMS solar farm

Installation size : 9 MW
PV module used : Over 39,300 pcs
Installer : Sunwize Technologies
Generated power : To be used first by the sporting facility
Excess power to be fed back to the power grid, through PPA


TheGreenMechanics: That's Cool! Thumbs up.

What the folks at Indiana Motor Speedway did was utilise the dormant space near the backstretch of the racetrack and turn it into energy farm. I guess, for the guys running the sporting facility, it's a straight forward kind of idea and one that is sensible, doable; it's just a matter of what to decide and when.


Source: Renewable Energy World