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Solar energy powers total solar eclipse live broadcast

Posted: 10 Mar 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar energy? renewable? solar eclipse?

Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi plunged into the darkness during a rare total solar eclipse Wednesday morning, lasting approximately for four minutes. Panasonic broadcasted the astronomical phenomenon to a global audience via livestreaming.

The consumer electronics manufacturer has set up stand-alone photovoltaic power package called Power Supply Container in Ternate, an island in eastern Indonesia. Powered by solar energy, 12 Panasonic HIT solar modules with high conversion efficiency will generate approximately 3kW of electricity by tapping energy from the top of the container, and store the power in 24 built-in lead-acid storage batteries. The stored energy will be supplied to a Panasonic LUMIX GH4 camera attached to a telescope to capture the moment. The audience tuned in to the total eclipse livestream between 05:00 and 12:00 (UTC +9). Partial cloudy skies were observed at 08:36 (UTC +9), the time when the solar eclipse began.

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Figure 1: At 09:51 to 09:54 (UTC +9), the total solar eclipse was witnessed, including a glowing corona and a bright red prominence. (Image source:

Prior to the live broadcast project in Ternate, Panasonic has developed and introduced the Power Supply Container to other parts of Indonesia. The first container was installed in July 2014 at the National Elementary School Karimunjawa 01 located on a remote island of Indonesia to improve the educational environment for students and teachers. Following its success, a second container was introduced in July 2015 in another elementary school in the mountainous region of West Java province to enhance both study and water supply conditions.

Watch the rare astronomical spectacle at PanasonicEclipseLive2016

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