On 9th March 2016, Panasonic will be filming a total eclipse in Ternate, an island in eastern Indonesia, using its Power Supply Container, a stand-alone photovoltaic power package. And this 4 minutes event will be streamed “live”. Harnessing the power of the Sun (to provide power for the equipment) to film the Sun, this will be an interesting event.
This will be the third time Panasonic is broadcasting a solar eclipse live. However, unlike previous occasions where time and effort had to be spent setting up HIT solar modules on the ground, the process is significantly more convenient this time round due to the portability of the Power Supply Container and its capability to be assembled quickly and easily with minimal construction work.
Check out this video clip.
Love the use of abundant of sunlight to power up the equipment. From Panasonic, the container uses Panasonic HIT® solar modules to provide power efficiently, even in restricted spaces. The company’s newly developed Power Supply Control Unit functions as the energy management system to monitor electricity level of the lead-acid batteries and control supply and demand, reducing deterioration of the batteries. This reduces the life-cycle cost and maintenance man-hours of the storage batteries.
Here is a illustration of the Power Supply Container
Specifications of the Power Supply Container
|Power Generation||Power Supply Container
(Stand-Alone Photovoltaic Power Package)
|Container||Container for Marine Transportation|
|Dimensions (mm)||4780 (W) × 3452 (L) × 3486 (H)
[Container: 3029 (W) × 2438 (L) × 2591 (H)]
|Mass||Approximately 3000 kg|
|Maximum Inverter Output||3 kW|
|Total Storage Capacity||17.2 kWh|
|Solar Modules||Monocrystalline Hybrid Solar Module HIT® x 12|
|Control Board||Power Supply Control Unit|
|Storage Batteries||12V/60Ah Deep Cycle Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid Battery x 24|
* HIT is a registered trademark and an original technology of the Panasonic Group.
For those who are interested in the Live Streaming of the Total Eclipse event, here are the information.
International Live Broadcast Times
|Live Broadcast Begins (Tentative)||20:00 Mar 8 (UTC)|
|Partial Eclipse Begins||23:36 Mar 8 (UTC)|
|Total Eclipse Begins||00:50 Mar 9 (UTC)|
|Maximum Eclipse||00:53 Mar 9 (UTC)|
|Total Eclipse Ends||00:56 Mar 9 (UTC)|
|Partial Eclipse Ends||02:20 Mar 9 (UTC)|
|Live Broadcast Ends (Tentative)||03:00 Mar 9 (UTC)|
Live Broadcast Channels
* The live will be also available to view at Ustream, YouTube Live and Periscope.
* The broadcasting platform may be changed without prior notice by the internet connection status.
Have fun watching the Total Eclipse.