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New energy generator makes its debut (April 29, 2008)

The hybrid generator set up on the front court of the Hokkaido Government Office Building

In the build-up to the Hokkaido Toyako Summit, the Hokkaido Government set up a hybrid wind and solar photovoltaic power generator on the front court of the Hokkaido Government Office Building in Sapporo's Chuo-ku on April 28. The device was installed with the aim of developing understanding of New Energy, which does not emit carbon dioxide (CO2). The electricity generated is being used for night illumination, clocks and the electronic signboard that shows its electric generation capacity.

The body of the 6-meter-high tower measures 80 x 60 centimeters, and is made of Ezo spruce grown in Hokkaido. A wind turbine sits on top of the pole, and photovoltaic panels are fitted to the eastern and southern surfaces generating approximately 300 watts of electricity per hour. In emergencies, the device enables up to ten mobile phones to be recharged.

At a lighting ceremony held to mark the day of the installation, Ken Watanabe, director-general of the Department of Economic Affairs, expressed the intention to install these new energy facilities in every region of Hokkaido.

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