Japan is planning to build solar power plants floating on the world’s largest country.
In the new project, Kyocera Corporation of Japan will build a power plant from 50,000 solar modules floating on the Yakamura dam’s reservoir. Before that, they had plants on the coastal strip as Nanatsujima Kagoshima.
According to Discovery News, the system module covers the surface area of 180,000 m2. The floating solar power plant is estimated to create more than 15.6 MWh per year, enough to provide for 4,700 homes.
Kyocera Corporation has estimated the solar power plant will collect enough energy from the sunlight from the surface of the dam, to offset 7,800 tons of CO2 emissions per year. It also includes an education center adjacent to the plant, providing classes for local students, and focuses on environmental issues.
Nobuo Kitamura, senior managing director of Kyocera Corporation, said: “The first time we research and develop solar energy in the 1970s, this technology is only feasible for small applications such as street lights, traffic signs and telecommunications stations in mountainous areas. Since that, we are constantly researching to apply this energy becomes more prevalent in society”.
Source: Discovery News