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Japan is Set to Build the World’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant

With the move towards green energy on its way, Japan has made a bold move by creating this giant floating power plant!

Tokyo Leasing Corporation, along with Kyocera Corporation, has announced plans to build the world’s largest floating solar power plant. Kyocera is a Kyoto-based manufacturer of advanced ceramics, and has expanded to creating semiconductor packaging and electronic components, alongside solar power generation systems. Japan is the third country to create a floating solar power plant so far, with India and Australia as its predecessors.

The 13.7 megawatt power plant will be placed on the Yamakura Dam reservoir, and another 7.5 megawatt power plant will be build on Umenokifurukori reservoir. There has been no word on exactly how much this project will cost the government.

The Yamakura Dam floating solar power plant can generate enough electricity to sustain up to 4,700 households!

The power plant will contain 51,000 Kyocera solar modules and will take up 180,000 square meters of spaced. It’s estimated that the power plant will generate up to 16,170 MWh of electricity annually. That amount of electricity will be enough to power up 4,700 typical household each year! This will be Kyocera’s fifth floating solar power plant in Japan since they embarked on the project in 2014. They intend to sell the electricity generated from these solar farms to the Tokyo Electric Power Company.

The solar power plant’s platform will be anchored to the bottom of the reservoir to maintain its integrity. This will ensure that the setup will remain intact even during the typhoon season.

The floating solar power plant will be anchored to keep it in place during the typhoon season.

Toshihide Koyano, the executive officer and general manager of the Kyocera solar energy group, said:

“Due to the rapid implementation of solar power in Japan, securing tracts of land suitable for utility-scale solar power plants is becoming difficult. On the other hand, because there are many reservoirs for agricultural use and flood-control, we believe there’s great potential for floating solar-power generation business.”

The Yamakura Dam floating solar power plant will begin construction in March 2018.

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Afar Rift of Ethiopia, the Massive Crack in Africa That Will Create a New Ocean

In a few million years, a new body of water will form in northern Ethiopia.

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A new body of water may be budding in Africa. The Afar rift, a depression located in Northern Ethiopia, is slowly widening at an astounding rate of almost an inch every year. Given such rate, we can expect a new ocean in the African continent after a few million years.

A strong seismic activity that occurred at the Dabbahu volcano in 2005 resulted in a massive crack on the earth's surface. The fissure, which is approximately 60 kilometers or 37 miles long, eight meters wide, and about two meters deep, opened up like a zipper on the landscape. A few months after, several crevices were discovered around the desert while the ground sunk at an estimated depth of 100 meters. Scientists also noted magma rising from the bottom of the newly-formed abyss at that time. Seemingly, what they witnessed was the birth of a basalt ocean floor.

The depression was created due to days of intense seismic activity in the area.

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China Is Willing to Spend $168 Million to Make It Rain!

China has resorted to cloud seeding to make it rain in areas where there are alarming water shortages.

With China topping the World Health Organization's list for deadliest outdoor pollution, it's no wonder they want to try to control their weather just to dampen the effects of pollution. And their latest endeavor? Paying millions to make it rain!

China is now in the process of using technology to help control the weather. This process is called cloud seeding, wherein an aircraft will fly above the clouds to sprinkle them with substances like silver iodide or dry ice. These substances will then induce nucleation. Nucleation is when water in the air is condensed and turned into ice, which then turns into rain.

These cloud seeding planes release substances onto clouds to induce rain.

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15 Breathtaking Images From the Outer Space, Captured by NASA

Thank you, NASA, for showing us what it’s like out there.

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For almost six decades now, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has brought us priceless knowledge about the outer space. From the controversial moon landing to the discovery of exoplanets and of galaxies far, far away - we have NASA to thank for. Sure we can't all relate to the maths and physics involved in NASA's operations, but they give us one thing that all of us can definitely relate to - magnificent images of the outer space.

NASA has been taking awesome photos of the universe through its advanced equipment and, mind you, it's not the kind of stuff that we see every day. So, without further ado, here are a few of the images that NASA has captured and has shared for all of us Earthlings to see in all its breathtaking, thousand-megapixels glory.

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