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Sanyo's Solar Ark

It is amazing what can be constructed from material that was to be thrown away. That is what occured with Sanyo who aimed to make the largest PV system in the world, a 3.4 MW installation, in order to mark its 50th anniversary.

The problem? The company's monocrystalline cell scandal that saw thousands of units recalled, and all of the reclaimed cells were destined for the dump. But Sanyo opted to built a massive monument to their solar technology. At the time, Sanyo said of their Gifu (Japan) based building that it was “to show our sincere regret that this problem has occurred and to express our willingness and determination to both remember what happened and how important it is to maintain quality.”

However, they need not apologize, as the Ark is an impressive 630 kW solar-collecting building that has over 5,000 solar panels and produces over 500,000 kWh of energy per year. Not just that, but all over the Solar Ark's 1,033ft exterior are over 75,000 colored LEDs that can light up to create images and messages. Inside the Ark is a solar museum and laboratory where Sanyo are working on the next generation of solar technology.

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  1. Tauno Nakuhaka July 25, 2013 at 5:56 am

    This are all great project: and I would like to start one in My Village (NAMIBIA)

  2. senmut October 19, 2012 at 8:48 am

    This solar,…power plant is built the same way how I described, explained Techen Towers from Atlantean times. Look on my web:
    They only copied what about I wrote,..dimensions, proportions,..number of turbins in funnel,..

  3. newengineer January 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    dear Sir/Madam
    In my opinion solar and wind energy are great to certain extent but they are costing the tax payers a fortune and they are only supplying energy amount to a drop in the ocean by the name of low carbon energy, I think the only way we are going to make any effect to the climate is to have a system for every home small and cheap enough and easy to install even if it can generate daily.
    Watch this space all I am waiting is some help.
    Basil Hanna

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