World biggest floating Solar Power Plant to be built in Japan

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If you’ve ever been out in a yacht on a warm summer day, you know that open water collects a lot of sun and heat. Engineers in Japan are hopeful to bind that power with the production of what will be the planet’s biggest floating solar power installation.

Japan’s Kyocera Corporation has by now leveraged the power of open water with beach solar installations like the fixed Kagoshima Nanatsujima plant, pictured below. The new plan, though, will be built about 50,000 solar collection units in fact afloat on the Yakamura Dam lake.


The units will cover a water surface area of about 180,000 square meters. Engineers approximate the plant will produce more than 15.6 MWh /- year. That’s sufficient to power around 4,700 average households.

According to the company’s forecasts, the floating power plant will collect plenty solar power from the surface of the dam to offset about 7,800 tons of carbon dioxide discharges yearly. The facility will also contain an education center neighbouring to the plant, to deliver classes for local students on environmental concerns.

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“When we first begin R&D for solar energy in the mid 1970’s, the technology was only feasible for small uses such as street lamps, traffic signs and telecommunication stations in hilly areas,” said Nobuo Kitamura, Kyocera senior executive officer, in press resources for the project.

“Since then, we have been employed to make solar energy use more universal in society. We are eager to work with our associates on this project, taking another step onward by using unused bodies of water as solar power generation locations.”

Source: inhabitant

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