Panasonic to Broadcast the Solar Eclipse Live from Mt. Fuji Using...

Panasonic to Broadcast the Solar Eclipse Live from Mt. Fuji Using Only Solar Power


Osaka, Japan—Panasonic Corporation launched “Eclipse Live from Fujiyama by Solar Power” and will broadcast the annular solar eclipse on May 20, 2012 PST live to the world from the summit of Mt. Fuji, using only green power.

The project highlights Panasonic’s devotion to its Energy Solution business and the dynamic technologies and products behind it. All electricity required for the devices used for broadcasting, such as video cameras, filming equipment and computers, will be drawn from HIT solar cells, with power 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. However, the summit of Mt. Fuji in May is covered in snow with freezing temperatures, and there is no electricity available for daily activities. Therefore, the project staff will charge portable power supplies for domestic use with power generated from the HIT solar cells and carry them up the frozen face of the mountain.

The project's progress is being documented on a special website,, and Facebook page that launched April 17 and will be live until May 20, the day of the annular solar eclipse. The company is reporting on the filming equipment, introducing staff members and conducting trial tests in advance of the eclipse.