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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Safeco Field Solar Panels Can Be Tracked By Mariners Fans Inside Ballpark

Up in Seattle the onlookers to a baseball game will soon be able to track the park's carbon footprint on the monitors in the stands. The park was just outfitted with Panasonic HIT Double solar panels. HIT, which stands for heterojunction with intrinsic thin-layer, panels are hybrid solar cells composed of sigle crystalline silicon wafers surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers, a proprietary technology originaly developed by Sanyo. These solar cells are projected to generate approximately 40,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year!

The installation consists of 168 panels, unique because they absorb and generate electricity from both their top and bottom sides, is expected to be ready to come online in short order, in time for Opening Day on April 13. This power will feed into the Safeco Field distribution grid, and fans will be able to track the amount of power generated on monitors inside the ballpark.

You can see more on this story by going here as well they have a video on that site that compares solar panels.

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