After the catastrophic events at the NPP “Fukushima-1” in 2011, the Government of Japan to engage seriously looking for alternative ways to generate energy. In this regard, the country has been steadily increasing the number of stations operating by solar, wind, ocean waves. Interestingly enough, the country is implementing a program for obtaining an energy source from the sun. Since Japan is incredibly high land prices, stations are located on the water surface reservoirs. One such project just successfully completed a Kyocera corporation, which occupies a leading position in the production and industrial use of alternative solar energy, together with Century Tokyo Leasing.
They built the world’s largest plant for water (consisting of nine thousand solar panels, each the size of 1h1.7 m) capacity of 2.3 MW. The company is located on the surface of the pond Sakasamaike in Hyogo Prefecture. By the way, the choice of water bodies to accommodate the plants caused not only by the high cost of land, but also a number of other factors: firstly, the water provides natural cooling panels, and secondly, according to the developers, the shadow of the floating platforms help reduce the growth of algae in local waters and at the same time reduce the level of fumes. By the end of this year, Kyocera will build a set of similar facilities throughout Japan. Their combined capacity will be approximately 60 MW.
Source — wired.co.uk