TBEA has done pioneering work in the field of solar with the panels being set up at different explored locations. For example, the building integrated PV system located on the roof of the Hongqiao Rail Station in Shanghai.
With 20,000 panels, the 61,000 sq m roof system produces 6.3 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, which could power 12,000 Shanghai households. The station was completed and operational on July 1st 2010 and two weeks later, its large solar system went online as well. Installed on the awnings of both sides of the station, the 6.68 MW photovoltaic systems produced 300,000 kWh during testing for two weeks. At a cost of 160 million Yuan ($23.6 million), the new solar system will also help reduce carbon emissions by 6,600 tons and cut coal consumption by 2,254 tons.
Natural ventilation is a key feature of this building via the canopy roofs while the skylight provides daylight. Another major feature is the solar panel set up. The panels generating electricity spreads out like a ray, which covers over 8,000m² along the perimeter.
Another achievement is the on-grid rooftop PV project in Wuhan railway station.
This project started the construction in November, 2009, and finished debugging and the power station successfully started grid-connected generation at the end of April, 2010, now it is in normal operation.
The total investment amount of the project reaches 58,410,000 Yuan and the total installed capacity is 2.2 megawatts, reduces CO2 emission by 1900 tons. In 25 years, it will generate 50 million kWh, and reduce CO2 emission by 47500 tons. PV battery packs used by this project were all arranged on the metal roofs of the Wuhan railway station. This project occupies about 15000 square kilometers roof of railway station, and inserts into 380V electricity utilization system of Wuhan railway station, the generated electric power merges into the user’s side of the railway station for railway station use.
The integration design of the project and the railway station realized the use of electricity in the local place without the loss of transmission. It fully embodies the idea of energy saving and emission reduction. This project was ranked as the national “Golden sunshine project”, as it not only saves energy, it brazes a new cooperation models for other enterprises in the new energy industry.
Another innovative and successful attempt is 2008 Beijing Olympic Mount Everest torch relay power project
In order to enable the normal power supply for 5200m (above sea level) base camp, the Olympic Organizing Committee choose the solar power. The launch of the Mt. Everest Project began on September 14 with the first solar power station successfully set up and officially put to use at an altitude of 5300m. Later on September 24, another solar power station was built at the globally highest altitude of 5800m, where implemented was a solar power network project facing the highest altitude, worst environment, most difficult engineering and construction problems ever seen in China. TBEA offered their efforts to the first ever Olympic torch relay on the top of the world.