Solar, Storage

Kyocera Plans 1 GW Production Capacity by 2013

Kyocera Corporation recently completed construction of a new solar cell manufacturing plant, increasing the company’s production capacity to meet the growing demand for solar energy products in the global market and contributing to the company’s expanded annual production target of 1 gigawatt (GW) by March 2013. The new facility becomes the largest Kyocera Group manufacturing plant in Japan – located in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture.

The new plant becomes Kyocera’s second solar cell manufacturing plant along with the company’s Shiga Yohkaichi Plant. The new Yasu Plant employs an enhanced manufacturing line, which increases productivity by 20% compared with the Yohkaichi Plant.

The main product manufactured at the Yasu Plant is the company’s newly enhanced cell with an average energy conversion efficiency of 16.9%. These cells are used in the company’s 215-watt solar module — one of solar energy industry’s top power output levels — which is slated for sales to the global market.

“Together with the existing plant at Yohkaichi, the new Yasu Plant will be Kyocera’s core production site for solar cells,” stated Tetsuo Kuba, president of Kyocera Corporation. “In addition to mass-producing cells with Kyocera’s highest conversion efficiency, the new plant will also undertake R&D activities for next-generation cell technology.”