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Japan trials mushroom-sun pair for clean power

Sep 12, 2017, 6:33 AM EDT
(Source: Karen Neoh/flickr)
(Source: Karen Neoh/flickr)

Japan, with plans to cut reliance on nuclear power following the Fukushima disaster, seeks to tap solar and wind energy but scarcity of open land remains a hurdle. To overcome the obstacle, Sustainergy and Hitachi Capital is combining solar power with mushroom farming, an initiative that would let farmers enter into commercial solar power generation.

The project in northeastern Japan involves cultivating cloud-eared mushrooms, which require little sunshine, beneath solar panels thus extracting dual benefits from a piece of land, writes Tree Hugger.

The effort will also steer Japan away from importing cloud-eared mushrooms and meeting demands at home with native produce, notes Asian Review.

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