Kyocera TCL Solar Inaugurates Floating Mega Solar Power Plants in Japan

Kyocera floating mega solar
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Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, a joint venture established by Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation, completed construction of two floating mega solar power plants at Nishihira Pond and Higashihira Pond in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The plants, inaugurated in late March, will generate an estimated 3,300 megawatt hours (MWh) per year in total— enough electricity to power approximately 920 typical households*.

 

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

(Total: 2.9MW)

Solar Modules 255-watt Kyocera modules (11,256 modules in total)

Expected annual power
generation

Approx. 3,300MWh/year
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

Features

  1. Floating solar power generating systems typically generate more electricity than ground-mount and rooftop systems due to the cooling effect of the water.
  2. They reduce reservoir water evaporation and algae growth by shading the water.
  3. Floating platforms are 100% recyclable, utilizing high-density polyethylene, which can withstand ultraviolet rays and resists corrosion.
  4. 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

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2 Comments

  • Minwoo Kim says:

    All of floating solar power systems are wonderful ideas. And it’s very important to maintain effectively same direction and position on the water for floating solar plants. Because directional change of solar panels reduces electricity production. So floating solar plants also need the directional control mooring systems for their parked positions. Azimuth and position change of floating solar plants caused by wind, waves and external forces. Restoring Force Strengthened Mooring System for floating solar plants has been created in South Korea. This Mooring System generates Restoring Force immediately when floating solar plants are being rotated or moved on the water.

    In addition, you have to reduce vibration to install floating solar plants. Because, it can make micro-cracks to floating solar panels and the durability problem of floating solar plants. The risk of power loss in PV modules due to micro cracks is increasing. Vibrations caused by wind, waves and external forces. New Type Floating Body Stabilizer has been created in South Korea. The Floating Body Stabilizers generate drag force immediately when floating solar plants are being rolled, pitched and yawed on the water. Recently, Restoring Force Strengthened Mooring Systems and Floating Body Stabilizers have been used for floating solar plants in South Korea. You can see them in Ochang Dam natural reservoir, South Korea. I N I WORLD

  • Peter Stillhard says:

    Congratulations to your beautyful plant. Good luck for your further Projects. Peter

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