Filming the Sun, Using the Sun (video)

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


Panasonic Eclipse Live by Solar Power 2016 - Power Supply Container (Internal)

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
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* 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.