FEB 01, 2016 12:40 PM PST

Japan is Building the World's Largest Capacity Floating Solar Farm

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Japanese electronics company Kyocera, is working to break a record for the world’s largest capacity floating solar farm, which will one day power as many as 5,000 households in the area when the construction of the floating solar farm completes in 2018; it is being built in Japan’s Chiba prefecture.
 

A rendition of the completed solar farm in Japan.


Construction will take place on the Yamakura Dam near Tokyo, Japan, and the structure will take up nearly 44.5 acres of area. Its 51,000 solar panels will be powerful enough to generate a strong 13.7 megawatt hours to the people who demand it and offset approximately 8,170 tons of carbon dioxide emissions being produced by current energy generation methods.
 
How does that compare to barrels of oil? – it saves about 19,000 barrels of oil per year.
 
Kyocera, which has developed floating solar farms in Japan in the past, says this kind of method for generating power is a great way to not only be friendly to the environment, but also to take advantage of Japan’s “abundant water surfaces of reservoirs for agricultural and flood-control purposes.”
 
Japan is working hard to create safer renewable energy sources to replace burning fossil fuels, and solar energy just might be one of the better options available. Since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan has been frowning upon the use of nuclear energy, and has been working with alternatives, such as fossil fuel burning.
 
Fossil fuels are not good for our environment, and finding alternatives to energy production are a great way to help preserve the Earth in its current state and prevent global warming from continuing to wreak havoc on the Earth’s beautiful mother nature.

Source: Kyocera

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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