29 Sep '14, 6am

#Tech Solar Plant Overcomes High Temperatures, Snow, Bird Droppings

#Tech Solar Plant Overcomes High Temperatures, Snow, Bird Droppings

Fig. 1: Aerial photo of the "Kai-no-kuni Mega Solar Station" (source: Saito Warehouse) Fig. 2: The mega-solar power plant was set up following a suggestion by a logistics firm that rented the Kofu warehouse. (source: Nikkei BP) Fig. 3: Junction boxes are set up on the eaves. The temperature inside the boxes rose substantially because of heat and afternoon sun at the new building (right). (source: Nikkei BP) Fig. 4: Heat barrier covers added to curb temperature rise inside the junction boxes (source: Nikkei BP) Fig. 5: Waterfowl resting on the solar panels. They even flew to the panels, as above, while I was visiting the plant. (source: Nikkei BP) Fig. 6: Bird droppings cover large areas. As the birds eat crayfish, crabs and fish in the adjoining river, a lot of crustacean remains can also be found on the panels. (source: Nikkei BP) Fig. 7: The bird net was expected to ward...

Full article: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20140928/379...

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