Sharp says that it will introduce next-generation thin-film solar cells in the U.S. market in the near future and is currently working with prospective U.S. customers in preparation for deployment.
The company has just completed installation of a new 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) – and will begin volume production this month.
In addition, Sharp has launched Sharp Solar Academy, an environmental education program designed to empower students with the knowledge to change and improve their environmental future.
The Solar Academy is beginning with fourth and fifth grade classes at pilot schools on the East and West Coasts (Ramapo Central School District in New York state and St. Joachim Parish in Costa Mesa, Calif.), and Sharp anticipates future expansion. The company has operated a similar program in Japan for the last three years.