Total solar eclipse

Panasonic is live-streaming a worldwide broadcast of the total eclipse on Wednesday using only solar energy. The company will deliver the four-minute phenomenon from Ternate
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Panasonic Lumix GH4

Panasonic is live-streaming a worldwide broadcast of the total eclipse on Wednesday using only solar energy.

The company will deliver the four-minute phenomenon from Ternate, Indonesia, drawing power from its Power Supply Container, a standalone photovoltaic power package.

The container creates energy during the day with 12 HIT solar panels with high conversion efficiency (3kW). The energy is then stored in 24 lead-acid batteries (17.2kWh).

The power containers are currently being used in schools on remote Indonesian islands to power IT equipment, air conditioners and LED lighting. To capture the eclipse, 3kW of energy generated by the solar modules and stored in the batteries will be relayed to a Panasonic Lumix GH4 camera attached to a telescope.

Solar energy will also be used to power other equipment deployed for the event including portable computers, editing material and internet connection technology.

The live broadcast of the eclipse will begin at 8pm UTC on 8 March, and will be viewable via Ustream, YouTube Live and Periscope.

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