Solar power is becoming a bigger and even better part of the overall energy landscape. The high demand for power sources has had engineers around the world working hard to build plants that are large and efficient enough to keep up with the demand for power.
In view of this, Japanese electronics master – Kyocera is starting construction on what it says will be the world’s largest floating solar power plant in terms of overall capacity.
This is the fourth of such floating plant Kyocera has worked on so far, but as indicated, this one promises to be the most outstanding so far.
The facility is going to be built on the Yamakura Dam reservoir to the south-east of Tokyo in Japan, and will pump out 13.7 megawatts (MW) of power once it’s completed in the next two years. Some 51,000 photovoltaic panels will be stitched together to cover around 180,000 square metres (about 44.5 acres) of space.
That could equal the area of 18 soccer pitches, which is going to be enormous. Kyocera says the new plant will provide enough power for 4,970 average households and offset around 7,411 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year that it’s in operation (equivalent to 19,000 barrels of oil).
Floating plants “utilize Japan’s abundant water surfaces of reservoirs for agricultural and flood-control purposes”, Kyocera stated. The high cost of usable land in the Asian countries makes putting these panels on water more sensible. The idea and process of building this plant began back in October 2014, and Kyocera says it has plans to build a lot more in the future too.
Kyocera is working with French solar experts Ciel et Terre on the plant. The support modules of the mounting platform are made from a metal-free, recyclable, high-density polyethylene material that’s resistant to both corrosion and the Sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Ciel et Terre says though evaporation levels are reduced, its plants will not change the quality of the water in any way. The new installation is going to be anchored to the bottom of the Yamakura Dam reservoir. It is designed to withstand any form of harsh weather Japan has to offer.
This solar energy technology is really an enormous achievement which should be deployed in all kinds of forms across the world especially in Africa where power outage has become a normal occurrence.