Designed by the world renowned architect, Rafael Vinoly, the ‘Rafael Gallery’ at Songjiang District of Pudong is a 1.5 kilometer sky bridge stretching across the top of over 20 skyscrapers, making it the longest urban industrial porch in the world.
Outlined with successive curves, elevation between highest and lowest points being 18 meters, and floating above buildings as tall as 80 meters, the sky bridge resembles a giant rolling cloud, looked from afar. With a roof of 150,000 square meters, size of nearly 20 soccer fields, and weight of 14,000 tons, it’s also the world’s largest aluminum structure rooftop.
Installed with photovoltaic panels using Hanergy’s cutting-edge thin-film solar modules, Rafael Gallery is estimated to have an amassed capacity of 1 MW just in the first phase. Powering the 1.5 kilometer long sky bridge, each module with a capacity of 125W weighs only 2 kilograms, and measures as thin as 2.5 mms. Equipped with Hanergy’s world leading CIGS technology, the panels offer better performance under weak light condition to efficiently generate power even in cloudy days. “The conversion efficiency of the panels on record is 18.5%, the highest among products of the same kind”, according to a technician in Dachang Mobile Energy Industrial Park, where the panels were manufactured.
Zhang Bin, Hanergy’s senior vice president said, “We’re simply elated to offer our thin-film solar modules for a prestigious project as this. More than we’re excited to pronounce our achievement, we feel proud to be able to contribute towards the making of this landmark project. This project is a yet another step forward in our endeavors to promote the concept of sustainable buildings globally.”
The “Rafael Gallery” is expected to attract a cluster of restaurants, boutique stores, shopping centers and entertainment outlets, and serve as a base for high-end enterprises, corporate headquarters, luxury hotels, convention centers, etc. “It will become not only a new landmark of the city, but also a platform for high-end industries”, said a project director of Lingang Songjiang Tech City in Shanghai. The whole complex has already finished the first phase of construction and kicked off the second phase this year.
The “Rafael Gallery” is one of the key projects of China’s 13th five-year plan and supports the research for two of the national major topics by providing the data and spearheading the experiments for the study on renewable energy, large-scale application of BIPV products, optimization of multiple-format energy provision, and integration of CCHP and energy storage system.