The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will be yet another example of Japan’s ability to innovate technologically as it has been reported that the organising committee for the Games is planning to fully power the games with renewable energy.
Renowned for its precisely-timed trains and variety of vending machines, Japan is widely regarded as one of the most advanced countries in the world, and it has already made plans to enhance itself further for the upcoming Games.
The Japan Times have reported that in order to promote de-carbonisation, all the electricity used at all the venues for the Games will be derived entirely from renewable energy sources.
Wind and solar sources will be used not only for the venues, but also for the athletes’ village, the international broadcasting centre and the main press centre.
To draw solar energy, “solar roads” are expected to be set up. Essentially, these are roads lined with solar panels covered in resin so that cars will be able to drive on them without causing any damage.
Medals will also be made from recycled old gadget like phones and digital cameras, with the small amounts of precious metals found in the devices expected to create an estimated five thousand medals.
A program to collect these devices that have been donated by the public has already been set up, with up to 14,636 metric tons of electronic devices recovered from the donation of roughly 80,000 phones and other devices so far.
Driver-less taxis and robot translators are being introduced as well, to counter Japan’s shortage of taxi drivers and any language issues for tourists.
Preparations for the Games are already underway, with most of the new changes expected to be completed in 2020 when the people from all around the world descend on the Land of the Rising Sun.
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