Form and Function in Harmony
Bremen’s Weser Stadium is being rebuilt as a modern soccer arena featuring a new high-tech photovoltaic system. For the roof’s translucent inner ring, the stadium operator is venturing into uncharted architectural territory, and sending out a clear message about the importance of renewable energy. An indispensable component of the new roof’s attractive solar panels is a silicone gel from WACKER.
A new architectural design element: the translucent photovoltaic panels of the roof’s inner ring (in blue).
To a real soccer fan, nothing tops actually being there in the stadium during a thrilling game, for no television broadcast, no matter how good, can capture the seething cauldron of suspense in the stands, nor replace the rallying and feverish excitement. In a stadium, the fans are much more than passive spectators – collectively, they are as valuable to their team as a 12th player.
But fans are no longer satisfied with the classic arena-like multipurpose stadiums, with their central playing field, surrounded by a running track, and hemmed in by an oval of austere bleachers. The trend is to build single-purpose soccer stadiums. A purpose-made soccer ground puts the fans as close as possible to the action, generating the atmosphere they’ve come to expect.
Rebuilding for the Future
This is the aim with the reconstruction of the venerable Weser Stadium – venue of major soccer league team Werder Bremen. With this project, the management is not only meeting the soccer fans’ expectations, but is also sending out a positive signal about tomorrow’s energy supplies. Bremen’s soccer stadium will receive a large photovoltaic (PV) system that is harmoniously integrated into the stadium architecture.
One feature of this system is the new roof’s inner ring. Its design incorporates lightweight and translucent solar panels (also called PV modules). They bestow a refined elegance on the roof, and their translucence provides a visual transition from the roofed spectator area to the open air playing field. An indispensable component of these extraordinary solar panels is a WACKER silicone gel, which durably protects the fragile solar cells within, and thus ensures that they can continue to provide electricity for years to come.