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Japanese eco-tourism resort taps solar glass for greenhouse

A Japanese strawberry greenhouse will be equipped with electricity glass. The Australian company ClearVue Technologies has landed an order for a strawberry greenhouse which forms part of the ‘Aqua Ignis Hot Springs’ project in the Fujitsuka area of Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai City. 187 of ClearVue’s glazing panels will be used to cover an area of around 333m2 with fabrication to be completed in approximately 12 weeks.

ClearVue’s glass technology incorporates Solar PV cells around the edges of an Insulated Glass Unit (IGU). "ClearVue’s PV glazing will contribute to the eco-credentials of the Aqua Ignis project with the PV glazing panels on the greenhouse expected to generate approximately 8573 kWh of renewable energy per year based on modelling for that region," the company announced. Of significance to them is that this is the first order from their Japanese licensed distributor with the prospect that larger orders from this distributor may follow in the future. 

The Aqua Ignis Hot Springs project, centered around a natural sodium chloride / bicarbonate hot spring, is set to become a significant tourist attraction in the region with visitors able to visit the strawberry greenhouse. 

Commenting on the Aqua Ignis greenhouse project, Executive Chairman Victor Rosenberg has said: “The Aqua Ignis project in Sendai is a great starting project for ClearVue distributor Tomita and it will provide invaluable insights into the installation and technical nuances of the ClearVue product before Tomita takes on larger scale greenhouse projects throughout Japan. Additionally, the high-profile nature of the project will provide invaluable marketing and promotion for both Tomita and ClearVue demonstrating not only the benefits of the ClearVue product but also its versatility in different application

Commenting on the Aqua Ignis greenhouse project, the President of Tomita Technologies Ltd. Mr Hiraaki Tomita has said: “Tomita Technologies is very pleased to have been able to specify the ClearVue product for use in this high-profile health-focused tourism project at Sendai. The project is unique in its ambitions and the use of ClearVue in the strawberry greenhouse roof will add to its distinctiveness and bolster its eco credentials. We are very much looking forward to working with ClearVue on delivery of this, our first project together.”

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