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Showa Shell Sekiyu and Solar Frontier to Participate in Saudi Arabian Collaboration, the "Joint Technical Corporation Project for Hydrogen Production by Splitting Hydrogen Sulfide with Sunlight".2017-07-12

Showa Shell Sekiyu and Solar Frontier to Participate in Saudi Arabian Collaboration, the
"Joint Technical Corporation Project for Hydrogen Production
by Splitting Hydrogen Sulfide with Sunlight".

Solar Frontier to provide CIS thin-film solar panels for the project led by KAUST and JCCP

Tokyo, July 12th, 2017 – Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. and Solar Frontier K.K. announced today their participation in the “Joint Technical Cooperation Project for Hydrogen Production by Splitting Hydrogen Sulfide with Sunlight”, led by the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) and the Japan Cooperation Center Petroleum (JCCP). The signing ceremony was held on June 21 between KAUST and JCCP, for a three-year period that started in April 2017.

Showa Shell Sekiyu will provide its know-how on electrochemistry, built on through its research on artificial photosynthesis, at its Central Research Laboratory in Japan. CIS thin-film solar panels will be provided by Solar Frontier, the world's largest provider of CIS solar energy solutions, which is a 100% owned subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu.

The byproduct gases in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's oil and gas fields contain high concentrations of toxic hydrogen sulphide. For safe and efficient crude oil production, the project aims to develop a technology that electrochemically decomposes the hydrogen sulphide for detoxification and hydrogen extraction. CIS thin-film panels will be used to generate power for the decomposition process, thereby contributing to promote the use of renewable energy.

Through this joint project, Showa Shell Sekiyu and Solar Frontier aim to help promote the long-standing friendship between Japan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, while also expanding the application range of their standout CIS thin-film technology.

About Solar Frontier

Solar Frontier is the world's largest provider of CIS solar panels, system solutions and services. Our solar panel technology delivers economical and environmental advantages in real-world conditions – where it counts – and our solutions range from innovative rooftop systems to professional power plant development services. We harness the power of the sun to provide a cleaner, more comfortable life for all.

Solar Frontier K.K. is a 100% owned subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (TYO:5002) (“Solar Frontier”) and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Visit http://www.solar-frontier.com/eng/ or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn. You can now find our latest corporate video on YouTube.

For global media inquiries, please contact:

Michiko Shirakawa

Public Affairs, Showa Shell Sekiyu

Tel: +81 (3) 5531-5793

Email: Michiko.Shirakawa@showa-shell.co.jp

Akane Yamiya

PR Team, Corporate Administration Department, Solar Frontier

Tel: +81 (3) 5531-5792

Email: PR@solar-frontier.com

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