Shanghai Expo 2010, BIPV solar installations


Shanghai Expo - BIPV installations

Shanghai Expo 2010, BIPV solar installations

The official opening on the 1st of may 2010 of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai is nearing. Centered on the theme “Better City, Better Life”, the Expo will explore initiatives around urban development. Emphasize on sustainability has brought large scale solar projects to the Shanghai Expo 2010.

The China Pavilion and the Theme Pavilion are both equipped with solar panels. Two more months and China will open its renewable energy showcase to the public: the largest Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) roof project in China.

Who are the solar manufacturers who designed and installed the largest building integrated solar installations in China?

Solar installation on China Pavillion


China pavillion

The installation consists of 1.264 solar panels, with a capacity of 302-kilowatt. The roofs and the outer walls consist of building integrated solar panels and the solar system is mainly installed on the China Pavilion’s 68-meter platform and its 60-meter sightseeing platform.

Theme Pavillon

The Theme Pavillon will be the nation’s largest single solar roof. The electricity generated by the solar roof will serve on-site pavilions through the municipal power grid. The solar panels cover 30,000 square meters, half of the total roof area. With the use of 16,250 polycrystalline silicon panels the gross power output is 2.83 megawatts.

Unlike typical rectangular solar panels, these solar panels are cut and shaped into patterns of 18 rhomboids (diamond shapes), each 36 meters by 72 meters and 12 triangles.


Shanghai Expo BIPV China pavillion

China Pavillion – Solar installation

Expo 2010 solar installation

The sustainable theme of the Expo echoes China’s broader commitment to renewable energy solutions.  As part of its Renewable Energy Law in 2005, China established a target to generate 15% of its total electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.

In 2009, China dedicated $440 billion in government funding solely to clean energy, fostering the emergence of renewable energy and sustainable development, including solar, wind, hydropower and biomass.

In December 2009, China passed a law requiring its electric grid companies to buy any and all electricity generated from renewable sources.

China’s commitment to renewable energy can be clearly seen in the wind mill manufacturing industry. Five years ago, there was almost no Chinese presence in the wind manufacturing industry, and now China hosts the world’s largest wind market with installed capacity of over 25,000 MW, a significant increase from 2008, when China was home to about 12,000 MW. As the world’s wind power capacity grew by 31% in 2009, China was responsible for one-third of the additions, experiencing industry growth of over 100%. Concerning solar, China is expected to play a even more dominating role.

Shanghai Shenergy New Energy Investment

The Shenergy Group is a traditional energy company with investments in oil, gas and coal power stations. Shenergy developed the China pavilion and the Theme Pavilion. The group has investments in Shanghai Waigaoqiao Electric Power Generating Company Limited and the Wujing Thermal Power Plant.

Shenergy also undertakes energy saving and environmental protection initiatives. In 1993, Shenergy became the first Chinese energy company to be listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.


In 2008, Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) won the bid to design, develop and install the 3MW building integrated rooftop solar systems.  On January 14, Suntech announced the completion and grid connection of both the solar systems on the China Pavilion and the Theme Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Even though other large manufacturer such as Trina and Yingli – with its Curtain Wall BIPV modules – offer BIPV modules, Suntech BIPV modules were the first choice. Amongst Chinese manufacturers, Suntech has the widest range of BIPV modules with its MSK Design line.

Suntech completed several other building integrated solar systems, including the 1MW BIPV facade at Suntech’s new headquarters in Wuxi, the 120kW Beijing Jingya Hotel curtain wall and the 800kW Light Thru system on the Wuxi Airport. Suntech also recently completed China’s first 10MW utility-scale solar power project in Shizuishan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

See Suntech MSK Design Line pictures on our Flickr stream.




Sungrow, the largest inverter manufacturer in China, won the tender of supplying PV grid-connected inverters for the 3MW building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) project at the World Expo Shanghai 2010. They used a broad range of their solar inverters:  in the range of 5kw to 250kw. The project’s on-grid power generation system is expected to last for 25 years.

For the solar system installers who have interest in Sungrow solar power inverters:

Sungrow nowadays offers 5 years of guarantee on their inverters, with their most competitive products in the power plant segment, ranging from 100kw to 1000kw. For residential installations they recently released transformerless 3kw and 4kw solar inverter, which are available for the European market.

Kisun Renewable Energy Distribution supplies solar system installers with Sungrow solar inverters.

The inverters are produced in their factory in Hefei. Sungrow supplied the grid-connected inverters, monitoring systems, interfacing software and hardware. Further they continue to offer technical supporting services such as system improvement design and installation for the captioned project.

Another large project of Sungrow is supplying the inverters for the “2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium – Bird Nest”.

Are you solar system installer or architect visiting the Shanghai World Expo 2010 in China?

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