World's Largest Floating Solar Plant Planned For Japan

Technology, 07 Jan - 2015 ,

World's Largest Floating Solar Plant Planned For Japan

If you've ever been out in a boat on a hot summer day, you know that open water gathers a lot of sun and heat. Engineers in Japan are hoping to harness that power with the construction of what will be the planet's largest floating solar power installation. Japan'sKyocera Corporation has already leveraged the power of open water with shoreline solar installations like the fixed Kagoshima Nanatsujima plant, pictured above. The new project, however, will be built around 50,000 solar collection modules actually afloat on the Yakamura Dam reservoir. The modules will cover a water surface area of around 180,000 square meters. Engineers estimate the plant will generate more than 15.6 megawatt hours (MWh) per year. That's enough to power approximately 4,700 average households.

Credit: Kyocera

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