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KYOCERA Completes Construction of New Solar Cell Manufacturing Plant

KYOCERA Completes Construction of New Solar Cell Manufacturing Plant

March 2, 2010

Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) today announced that it has recently completed construction of a new solar cell manufacturing plant; further 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 to be 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.


Image: Kyocera’s new solar cell manufacturing plant in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Kyocera’s new solar cell manufacturing plant in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan


Facility Overview

Location

Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan (within the KYOCERA Corporation Shiga Yasu Office grounds)

Building area

12,738.55m² (6 floors: 90×130m)

Floor area

68,151.88m²

Operation schedule

June 2010

Production base

Multicrystalline silicon photovoltaic cells












In 1982, Kyocera was the first company in the world to start mass production of multicrystalline silicon solar cells. In the 28 years since, the company has cultivated its material and production technologies to manufacture high-performance solar cells. With the new plant and existing Yohkaichi Plant, Kyocera plans to increase production volume, targeting 1GW of annual production by March 2013. Furthermore, the company will continue to increase its solar module assembly capacity to meet the demands of the market, aiming to further expand its solar energy business.


“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.”