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Japan plans to use water beds for solar power installation
Vishnu Mohan | 26 Dec 2014

Japan shows the way that solar power can also be tapped from water - Japan's Kyocera Corporation has already leveraged the power of open water with shoreline installations.

Chief highlights are as follows :

 
- The project will be built around 50,000 solar collection modules actually afloat on the Yakamura Dam reservoir.
 
- According to the company's projections, the floating power plant will gather enough solar power from the surface of the dam to offset about 7,800 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
 
- The project involves utilizing untapped bodies of water as solar power generation sites.
 
- The Company's new project will be the largest fully-floating solar installation in the world.
 
- 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 which should be enough to power approx. 4,700 average households.
 
- The facility will also include an education center adjacent to the plant, to provide classes for local students on environmental issues.