Turning on the power of the sun


TOKYO (majirox news) — At the Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4,500 solar panels now cover the walls and roof of the 7-story Energy Innovation Building, capable of generating a total of 650kW. In addition, fuel cells which can deliver another 100kW have been installed, making the building almost energy-independent, and even capable of “exporting” surplus power to other campus buildings.

Using such carbon-free technologies cuts CO2 emissions by about 60 percent, and the building also uses about half the power of a conventional building of the same size, showcasing the Institute’s leading role in reducing carbon emissions.

Tokyo Institute of Technology is the largest such science- and technology-dedicated institution in Japan, with 10 faculties. It is ranked as the top Asian institute of its type in the World Academic Rankings, and 21st worldwide (2011).

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