Sanyo Starts HIT Production at Oregon Plant

Sanyo has officially opened it manufacturing plant for photovoltaic products in the Salem Energy and Technology Park and production has now started.

The plant, located in Salem, Oregon, will be producing silicon ingots and wafers, core materials to manufacture Sanyo’s patented HIT (Heterjunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer) solar cells and modules that the company says will have the world’s highest solar light to electric energy conversion efficiency per installed square foot.

While initial production has officially started, the plant plans to reach its full production capacity of 70-megawatts (MW) annually by April 2010.

Sanyo is augmenting its facilities with the necessary equipment and construction of new facilities for future growth in response to market demand, moving forward to reach goals set for an annual global production capacity of at least 600 MW by FY 2010, the company said.

Sanyo first started researching and developing amorphous solar cells in 1975 and was the world’s first to commercialize amorphous-type solar cell production in 1980. In 1997, Sanyo started mass production and sales of its world-leading conversion efficiency HIT solar cells.

Sanyo currently manufactures a large portion of silicon ingot and wafers in the US, the solar cells are made in Japan, with module assembly plants located in Mexico, Hungary and Japan.

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