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A Solar Ark in Japan
March 20, 2014
The line from the article, quoted below, describes the look and feel of Japan's Solar Ark. "Embarking on a journey into the 21st century" implies that we cannot get to this century without some innovative architecture. The line also makes the Noah story seem like a step forward in the primordial development of civilisation.
"Inspired by the vision of an ark embarking on a journey into the 21st century, the Solar Ark is located in the geographical center of Japan and is covered with over 5,000 solar panels that generate 630 kW of energy, or approximately 530,000 kWh every year.So how did such a strangely shaped solar structure come to be? Actually, the Solar Ark was built in part due to a big mistake. Sanyo, the company that built the ark, wanted to mark its 50th anniversary by building the largest PV system in the world (at that time, a 3.4 MW installation).The company planned to use a hybrid system of crystal silicon and thin-film amorphous silicon cells, but the company faced a scandal over the insufficient output of its new technology and was forced to recall thousands of substandard cells. Sanyo, which was later acquired by Panasonic, decided to instead build a solar monument that would use the recalled technology.Now, the 3,294 square meter Solar Ark houses a solar museum with multi-media exhibits, a solar lab, and space for hosting environmental and solar events. Though the structure came into being by accident, the Solar Ark is now a prominent landmark for solar architecture achievements."