Solar eclipse to be aired on solar power
Osaka, April 19, 2012
Panasonic Corporation of Japan will broadcast an upcoming annular solar eclipse live to the world from the summit of Mt Fuji using only solar power.
The project, entitled "Eclipse live from Fujiyama by solar power" on May 20 seeks to highlight to the world Panasonic's devotion to its "Energy Solution" business and the dynamic technologies and products behind it.
All electricity required for the devices used for broadcasting, such as video cameras, filming equipment, and computers, will be drawn from HIT Solar Cells and supplied through rechargeable batteries made by Panasonic.
On the day of the eclipse, Mt Fuji will be ideally located within the "central eclipse path" that allows for optimum viewing, and the view is especially spectacular in the clear air of the mountain peak.
However, the summit of Mt Fuji in May is covered in snow with freezing temperatures, and there is no electricity available for daily activities. Therefore, the project staff will charge up portable power supplies for domestic use with power generated from the HIT solar cells and carry them up the frozen face of the mountain.
The project's progress will be documented on a special website and Facebook page until May 20.
Panasonic plans to report on the filming equipment, introduce the staff members, and conduct trial tests in advance of the eclipse. – TradeArabia News Service