Overview of the Project in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
|Location||Two reservoirs in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan|
|Operation||Kyocera TCL Solar LLC|
|Output||Nishihira Pond: 1.7MW; Higashihira Pond: 1.2MW
|Solar Modules||255-watt Kyocera modules (11,256 modules in total)|
Expected annual power
Electricity generated will be sold to the local utility (The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.) through Japan’s feed-in-tariff system.
|Start of construction||September 2014|
|Start of operation||March 2015|
- Floating solar power generating systems typically generate more electricity than ground-mount and rooftop systems due to the cooling effect of the water.
- They reduce reservoir water evaporation and algae growth by shading the water.
- Floating platforms are 100% recyclable, utilizing high-density polyethylene, which can withstand ultraviolet rays and resists corrosion.
- The floating platforms are designed and engineered to withstand extreme physical stress, including typhoon conditions.
* Based on average annual use of 3,600kWh per household. Source: Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan
ST Staff Writers
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.