Kaneka to start up new 80 MW/year thin-solar cell plants in June

04 June 2010 13:19  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS news)--Japanese chemical producer Kaneka has completed construction of new thin-film solar cell facilities at its Toyooka, Hyogo prefecture site and plans to start up the plants by the end of June, the company said on Friday.

The additional units will add 80 megawatts/year in capacity to the thin-film solar cell production capability of its subsidiary Kaneka Solartech, Kaneka said.

Once the new facilities start operating, the company’s total thin-film solar cell capacity will increase to 150 megawatts/year, the producer said.

The new units has a conversion efficiency of 12%, the world’s highest standard for thin-film solar cells, Kaneka added.

While the solar-cell market was expanding globally, in Japan it was the sector supplying the home construction industry that was growing particularly rapidly due to government subsidy programs, Kaneka said.

According to the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association, domestic shipments of solar cells for home construction in Japan nearly tripled in the fiscal year ended March 2010 compared with the previous year.

Kaneka’s thin-film solar cell, also known as a hybrid solar cell, is produced by layering different materials such as glass substrate and amorphous and polycrystalline silicon.

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By: Tomomi Yokomura
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