The new Mineirão’s rooftop cover will generate power. A solar plant with photovoltaic panels - to convert sunlight into electricity - is being assembled. The structure will be connected to CEMIG’s (Minas Gerais State Electricity Supply Company) electrical distribution network.
The plant’s capacity is of 1.6 megawatt, which is enough to supply for the demand of approximately 1,200 medium sized households. At least 10% of the power generated at the plant will be directed to the Mineirão.
The plant is being assembled by a company called Martifer Solar. Construction works began in December and the first stage, waterproofing, will be finished by the end of the month. The mechanical assembly (structures and modules) is expected to be concluded in January 2013. Commercial operation should start in March.
Rooftop cover’s characteristics
The membrane on the metal structure of the Mineirão’s rooftop cover was assembled with the help of a group of industrial climbers. The material has titanium dioxide, which allows for natural light to pass through and is resistant against weather variation and Teflon fibre, which avoids the accumulation of residues.
Each part of the membrane is 2.20 metres wide and six metres long. In all, 13 thousand square metres of material were used, weighing 17 thousand kilos.
See the full coverage of the Mineirão's delivery ceremony:
» Refurbishment at the Mineirão lasted almost three years
» New Mineirão shall have comfortable seats, changing rooms and food courts
» Mineirão’s rooftop cover will have solar plant
» Wide promenade gives a new look to the surroundings of the Mineirão
» Mineirão’s Operation Control Centre has 364 cameras
» Signposting makes access to stadium easier
» Most important local derby will be the first match at the new Mineirão
» Brazil has played 20 times at the Mineirão
» World Cup Portal's infographic offers details of the Mineirão Stadium