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KYOCERA to Display at ‘PVJapan 2012’ Solar Power Industry Event in Tokyo
Since the start of a new Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program in July of this year, the domestic market in Japan for public- and industrial-use solar power has been expanding rapidly, with large-scale “mega-solar” projects being planned all around the country. Residential-use solar energy is also on the rise, and with more than one million homes in Japan now equipped with solar power generating systems, interest is growing for smart-house technology to combine and efficiently control energy use using solar power, battery storage units, and home energy management systems (HEMS).
At PVJapan 2012, Kyocera will be exhibiting its newest solar modules for both residential and mega-solar applications, along with the company’s proprietary HEMS. The company’s booth will showcase the Kyocera Group’s comprehensive strength and cutting-edge technology for energy creation.
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Kyocera Booth Highlights
1. First-ever display of Kyocera’s highest output 200-watt residential-use solar module*1
Kyocera will be displaying its new 200-watt solar module, which has the highest output of the company’s residential-use product line for the domestic market. The new module, which went on sale in Japan this month, employs the company’s newest cell ― boasting the highest conversion efficiency level in the world at 17.8%*2.
2. Sample display of new 250-watt module for mega-solar projects
Kyocera will also display a 250-watt (60 cells) solar module developed specially for the rapidly expanding mega-solar market in Japan.
3. HEMS combining solar power and lithium ion battery
Since August of this year, Kyocera has been incrementally commercializing its HEMS which combines a solar power generating system with high-volume, high-durability lithium ion batteries to more efficiently control the supply and use of energy in the home. With uncertainty in energy supply since the March 2011 disasters, Kyocera’s new battery storage system can be used as an emergency power backup in the event of a power blackout, and when combined with the HEMS, smartly controls the electricity demand in the home to achieve efficient energy consumption.
*1 Highest output of Kyocera residential-use modules sold in Japan.
*2 Highest conversion efficiency of any multicrystalline silicon photovoltaic cell in mass production. Based on research by Kyocera; as of October 2012.