Solar Panels to Power Coral Rehabilitation Project

San Jose, California [] Cypress Semiconductor Corp. donated six 90-watt solar panels supplied by its subsidiary, SunPower Corp., to power MIT’s First-Step Coral reef rehabilitation project in the Sagay Marine Reserve in the Philippines. The solar panels are powering an innovative coral reef rehabilitation process called BioRock, which is capable of increasing coral growth rates by up to five times and improving coral survival by over 20 times during bleaching (higher than normal water temperature) events. “It is critically important that the energy sources we use to power our BioRock structures are both renewable and highly efficient,” said MIT First Step Coral Team Leader Gerardo Jose la O’.
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