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Ridable Mower Expected to Be Widely Used for Solar Plants in Fukushima

2016/10/21 17:02
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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Weeds can be cut just by driving the mower like a gocart. (source: Nikkei BP)
Chikusui Canycom was accepting requests for demonstration at solar power plants. (source: Nikkei BP)

Chikusui Canycom Inc (Ukiha City, Fukuoka Prefecture) exhibited a ridable mower at Renewable Energy Industrial Fair 2016, which took place Oct 19 and 20, 2016, in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

Chikusui Canycom is a company that manufactures machines for agriculture and forestry. The ridable mower looks like a gocart. A mowing unit is located under its seat, and a rotating blade cuts weeds.

Because weeds can be cut just by driving the mower on the site, the mower can reduce physical load and drastically improve work efficiency per unit time.

It is a four-wheel-drive mower and can be relatively easily operated on slopes. And it can cut weeds as tall as humans.

This time, Chikusui Canycom showed several models (real machines) of the mower including a model called "Uchi-no-Masao," whose rotating blade can be set at a height of up to 17cm from the ground. It is categorized as a small-sized special motor vehicle and can be driven on public roads. Also, it can be carried by a lightweight truck.

In Fukushima Prefecture, mega (large-scale) solar power plants are being actively developed as projects that contribute to reconstruction after the nuclear accident. And periodic work including mowing is expected to be entrusted to local companies more than in other regions. In view of such demands, Chikusui Canycom exhibited the mower.

At the fair, Chikusui Canycom was accepting requests for demonstration at solar power plants. As of the morning on Oct 20, 2016, it received requests from eight power plants, the company said.