Panasonic to Broadcast Live the Annular Solar Eclipse from the Summit of Mt. Fuji using Solar Power only
Panasonic will broadcast the annular solar eclipse on May 20 live to the world from the summit of Mt Fuji, using only green power. All electricity required for devices used for broadcasting, such as video cameras, filming equipment, and computers, will be drawn from HIT Solar Cells, with industry-leading power output, and be supplied through rechargeable batteries made by Panasonic. On the day of the eclipse, Mt Fuji will be ideally located within the central eclipse path that allows for optimum viewing, and the view is especially spectacular in the clear air of the mountain peak.
The summit is covered in snow with freezing temperatures, and there is no electricity available for daily activities. Therefore, the project staff will charge up portable power supplies for domestic use with power generated from the HIT solar cells and carry them up the frozen face of the mountain. Along with the staff’s work to overcome such an inhospitable environment, the project will broadcast live the annular eclipse to the world from the closest point to the sun in Japan.