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Posted by rpautrey2 on October 14, 2008, 11:50 pm
Sharp to deliver second-generation solar cells in U.S.

Gina Roos
(10/14/2008 10:12 AM EDT)
URL: http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=211200391

Mahwah, N.J.  Sharp has announced today (Oct. 14) at Solar Power
International 2008 in San Diego, California, that it will introduce
next-generation thin-film solar cells in the U.S., aimed at multi-
megawatt, large-scale installations.
Sharp plans on supplying thin-film products to the U.S. market from
the Katsuragi plant (Katsuragi City, Nara Prefecture) by August 2009,
expanding supply as its factory in Sakai City, Japan opens up in March

Sharp has just completed the installation of a second-generation thin-
film solar cell production line at its Katsuragi Plant using large-
size glass substrates measuring approximately 1,000 x 1,400 mm,
equivalent to 2.7 times the area of Sharp's first-generation
substrates (560 x 925 mm). Volume production will begin in October
2008. The addition of this new line expands production capacity for
thin-film solar cells at the facility to 160 megawatts (MW) annually.

Photovoltaic modules fabricated using the 2nd-generation tandem-
junction thin-film solar cells manufactured on Sharp's new production
line at its Katsuragi plant feature an industry-leading 9% module
conversion efficiency and high 128-W power output. These modules will
be Sharp's initially offering in 2009.

Sharp is one of the few companies who offer a complete solar product
portfolio including mono-crystalline, poly-crystalline and multi-
junction thin-film solar cells. The company entered the U.S. solar
market in 2002 and has maintained solar module operations at its 100
MW manufacturing facility in Memphis, Tenn. since 2003.

Posted by ransley on October 15, 2008, 5:00 pm

Cheap spam for self profit. The DOE picked SunPower Corporation for
its new 205 kilowatt instalation, they demonstrated 23.4% efficency
and 50% better efficency than crystalline silicon. Your "industry
leading" co isnt.

Posted by gomango on October 16, 2008, 1:23 am
 I would like to see some of this inexpensive technology open up to the
small scale market and allow some of us remote users to take advantage
of less expensive, and more efficient solar systems.

Posted by Vaughn Simon on October 16, 2008, 1:31 am

   Wouldn't we all!

  We have been waiting many years for inexpensive PV panels to show up.  There
has been lots of hype and many false alarms, but it has never happened.


Posted by Winston on October 16, 2008, 2:17 pm
 Vaughn Simon wrote:

You can buy photovoltaics at $.00 per peak watt any day of the
week. As long as you purchase using '1973' dollars.  :)



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