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KYOCERA Supplies Solar Modules for Toyota Marine Recreational Boats

Solar power use expanded to marine applications to lower CO2 emissions

June 30, 2010
Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba; herein "Kyocera") today announced that the company has started supplying solar modules for "Toyota Solar Panels," which are to be installed in recreational boats manufactured and sold by Toyota Motor Corporation (herein "Toyota"). Toyota Solar Panels can also be installed as an optional unit on recreational boats manufactured by other companies.

This solar module will be exhibited in the Kyocera booth at PV Japan 2010, the solar energy trade exhibition, held at Pacifico Yokohama, Japan from June 30 through July 2, 2010.

Image: Kyocera's solar modules installed on the Toyota recreational boat “PONAM28L” (2 modules are installed in this example)
Kyocera's solar modules installed on the Toyota recreational boat "PONAM28L"
(2 modules are installed in this example)


Electricity generated by the solar modules can be used to charge a battery to provide a supplemental, durable power source for the various electronics and appliances installed on recreational boats. In addition to reducing CO2 emissions, the solar charging system prevents a battery from deteriorating during extended periods of non-use while docked.

This new marine application follows the introduction of Kyocera solar modules as an optional feature on the Toyota Prius beginning in May 2009.

For this product, Kyocera has implemented strict quality control measures, with rigorous testing to confirm heat resistance, vibration resistance, shock resistance and other evaluations to ensure reliability. Furthermore, Kyocera has established a dedicated production line with specialized engineers to ensure thorough control of the manufacturing process.

As a leader in solar energy since 1975, Kyocera will apply its extensive R&D resources to further enhance the quality of its solar cells and modules while exploring new applications for clean, renewable solar energy technology.


Solar Module Specifications

Output

Maximum approx. 60W (solar module)

Conversion efficiency  

Maximum approx. 17.5% (solar cell)

Production bases

Cells: Yohkaichi Plant (Shiga, Japan)
Modules: Ise Plant (Mie, Japan)

Application

Battery charging for boat’s equipment