30 Jun '14, 3am

Dioxide-contaminated Land Revived as Solar Power Plant: Serves as power supply for local residents during blackouts

Fig. 1: Wakayama Hashimoto Solar Way (source: Kokusai Kogyo) Fig. 2: Aerial photo of Wakayama Hashimoto Solar Way (source: Kokusai Kogyo) Fig. 3: Emergency power outlets that allow direct use of solar power (source: Nikkei BP) Fig. 4: Portable secondary batteries are always kept at the power plant. (source: Kokusai Kogyo) Fig. 5: Reserve items are stored for disasters in the simple sheds at the site. (source: Kokusai Kogyo) Facility overview Hashimoto City is situated in the northernmost part of Wakayama Prefecture and adjoins Osaka Prefecture to the north and Nara Prefecture to the east. "Wakayama Hashimoto Solar Way," a solar power plant that construction consulting company Kokusai Kogyo Co Ltd (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) has developed in Hashimoto City, was completed in April this year (Fig. 1). The plant, where 2,832 solar panels are arrayed across the 12,500m2 area of land, h...

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