Panasonic Broadcasts Total Eclipse Live Using Solar Energy from its Power Supply Container
The container will be used for the first time to bring the astronomical phenomenon to audiences worldwide via live streaming and social media
Ternate, Indonesia - February 24, 2016 - As Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi plunge into darkness during a rare total solar eclipse on the morning of March 9, 2016, Panasonic will deliver a live broadcastof the approximately 4-minute-long phenomenon from Ternate, an island in eastern Indonesia, using itsPower Supply Container, a stand-alone photovoltaic power package.
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To enable live filming and broadcast from the island, the Power Supply Container will be transported from Jakarta to Dodoku Ali of Ternate. 12 Panasonic HIT® solar modules with high conversion efficiency will generate approximately 3kW of electricity by tapping renewable 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 spectacular moment. Mobile computers, production and editing equipment, internet connection and other supporting technology will also be powered by solar energy.
The live broadcast of the solar eclipse will begin at 05:00 AM, March 9 in Ternate (08:00 PM, March 8UTC) and can be viewed on platforms including Ustream, YouTube Live and Periscope (refer to Annex).
This will be the third time Panasonic is broadcasting a solar eclipse live. 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.