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Japan’s first marine solar energy demonstrator hits the water in Tokyo



SolarDuck offshore floating photovoltaic unit in Japan (Source: SolarDuck)

SolarDuck offshore floating photovoltaic unit in Japan (Source: SolarDuck)

Dutch-Norwegian floating solar energy company SolarDuck, in cooperation with Japanese partners, has completed the installation of Japan’s first offshore floating solar energy demonstrator, which will be used to power electric vehicles and boats.

Together with its project partners Tokyu Land Corporation and Kyocera Communication Systems Corporation, SolarDuck has begun demonstrating its marine floating solar unit as part of the eSG project in Tokyo Bay.

The demonstration will include renewable energy production from an offshore floating solar unit, storing electricity in land-based batteries, and transporting batteries.

The 80-100 kW SolarDuck offshore floating solar unit was installed in the central breakwater area of ​​Tokyo Bay.

The renewable energy generated will be used to power Open Street Corporation’s electric vehicles and to power and move an electric boat. Additionally, the company plans to consider using renewable energy for future events in the Takeshiba area of ​​Tokyo Bay.

The project is an initiative of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Policy Planning Office and aims to show how locally produced renewable energy can be harnessed for local consumption, and will also contribute to the study of urban models that can be implemented in other parts of Japan and abroad.