[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] BP solar may have temporarily given up on thin-film solar, but as they ducked out, another corporate giant is picking up the reins. Sharp Corporation will introduce a new mass-production system for thin-film photovoltaic modules at its Katsuragi Plant in Nara Prefecture, Japan, and will begin operation in September of this year. Sharp is aiming to further expand the range of applications, and has advanced the idea of thin-film photovoltaic modules that use crystalline thin-film tandem cells. This cell design is based a proprietary architecture that integrates amorphous silicon technology with crystalline thin-film silicon technology. Demand for building materials in industrial fields is increasing, and partly because of this, Sharp has decided to proceed with full-scale construction of a production system with an annual capacity of 15 MW.