Vatican going solar


Summary

An engineer says the roof of the Paul VI auditorium will be redone next year, with its cement panels replaced with photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity.

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Vatican engineer Pier Carlo Cuscianna says the cells will produce enough electricity to illuminate, eat or cool the building.

The excess energy will feed into the network providing the Vatican offices with power.

The Paul VI auditorium is used for the pontiff's general audiences in winter and in bad weather during the rest of the year. It is also used for concerts.

The plan was approved after a feasibility study found that installling solar panels was economically convenient.

The pope calls wiser use of resources

Last summer, Benedict called on Christians to unite to take "care of creation without squandering its resources and sharing them in a convivial manner."

He said lifestyle choices were damaging the environment and making "the lives of poor people on Earth especially unbearable."

Paul VI auditorium

The modernistic hall, at the southern end of Vatican City, was built in 1969, designed by architect Pier Luigi Nervi.

The cement panels on its roof have deteriorated and were due to be replaced anyway, said Mr Cuscianna.

The auditorium "was born half-ecological," Mr Cuscianna said noting that Mr Nervi used cement panels on its 6,000-square-yard flattened vaulted roof in part to help keep pilgrims cool.

The engineer said the new roof panels would be the same shape and almost the same color as the cement panels they are replacing, minimizing the aesthetic impact.

The Vatican is also considering placing solar panels on other buildings, although St Peter's Basilica and other historical landmarks will not be touched.

The Vatican is setting an example to the rest of Italy, which has been slow in harnessing solar.


An engineer says the roof of the Paul VI auditorium will be redone next year, with its cement panels replaced with photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity.

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Vatican engineer Pier Carlo Cuscianna says the cells will produce enough electricity to illuminate, eat or cool the building.

The excess energy will feed into the network providing the Vatican offices with power.

The Paul VI auditorium is used for the pontiff's general audiences in winter and in bad weather during the rest of the year. It is also used for concerts.

The plan was approved after a feasibility study found that installling solar panels was economically convenient.

The pope calls wiser use of resources

Last summer, Benedict called on Christians to unite to take "care of creation without squandering its resources and sharing them in a convivial manner."

He said lifestyle choices were damaging the environment and making "the lives of poor people on Earth especially unbearable."

Paul VI auditorium

The modernistic hall, at the southern end of Vatican City, was built in 1969, designed by architect Pier Luigi Nervi.

The cement panels on its roof have deteriorated and were due to be replaced anyway, said Mr Cuscianna.

The auditorium "was born half-ecological," Mr Cuscianna said noting that Mr Nervi used cement panels on its 6,000-square-yard flattened vaulted roof in part to help keep pilgrims cool.

The engineer said the new roof panels would be the same shape and almost the same color as the cement panels they are replacing, minimizing the aesthetic impact.

The Vatican is also considering placing solar panels on other buildings, although St Peter's Basilica and other historical landmarks will not be touched.

The Vatican is setting an example to the rest of Italy, which has been slow in harnessing solar.