Solar Frontier Completes Construction of the Tohoku Plant, Moves into Ramp-Up Phase2015-04-02
Solar Frontier Completes Construction of the Tohoku Plant, Moves into Ramp-Up Phase
Operational testing of model CIS production plant begins
Tokyo – 2 April, 2015 – Solar Frontier, the world’s largest CIS solar energy solutions company, announced today that it has completed the construction of its fourth production plant, the Tohoku Plant. The new 150 MW production plant, located in Miyagi, Japan, now moves into the ramp-up phase.
The Tohoku Plant is a cornerstone in Solar Frontier’s global growth strategy. The new plant features upgrades to Solar Frontier’s existing CIS production lines using advanced technology developed at its Atsugi Research Center. These will enable best-in-class production costs and new product advantages. The Tohoku Plant also serves as a model for Solar Frontier’s future production plants as the company looks to expand its global production footprint. Solar Frontier will use the ramp-up phase to test and verify its latest CIS line technology, while also including new learnings during this period.
The introduction of the new plant comes as Solar Frontier works to bring its CIS technology to more customers around the world. Compared to crystalline silicon modules, CIS modules generate a higher energy yield (kilowatt-hours per kilowatt-peak) in real world conditions. The Tohoku Plant will build on the performance advantages of CIS with new product upgrades. This includes module conversion efficiencies of over 15% and adjustments to the voltage and current of its CIS thin-film modules, enabling more freedom in system design.
The Tohoku Plant’s new production line is based on the proven production process at Solar Frontier’s 900 MW Kunitomi Plant in southern Japan. The Tohoku Plant will enhance Solar Frontier’s leadership in CIS as well as help further adoption of thin-film technology around the world.
[Tohoku Plant Images]
Image 1: Exterior of Tohoku Plant
Image 2: Tohoku Plant Production Line
About Solar Frontier
Solar Frontier K.K., a 100% subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (TYO:5002) (“Solar Frontier”), has a mission to create the most economical, ecological solar energy solutions on Earth. Building on a legacy of work in solar energy since the 1970s, Solar Frontier today develops and manufactures CIS (denoting copper, indium, selenium) thin-film solar modules for customers in all sectors around the world. Solar Frontier’s gigawatt-scale production facilities in Miyazaki, Japan, integrate compelling economical and ecological advantages into every module: from lower energy requirements in manufacturing to the higher overall output (kWh) of CIS in real operating conditions. Solar Frontier is headquartered in Tokyo, with offices in Europe, the U.S.A., and the Middle East. Visitwww.solar-frontier.com for more information.
Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.
Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and has roots dating back more than 100 years in the downstream energy business.
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