Kyocera Completes New Solar Cell Manufacturing Plant

Kyocera Corp. says it has 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 GW by March 2013.

The new facility, which becomes the largest Kyocera Group manufacturing plant in Japan, is located in Yasu city, Shiga prefecture. The new Yasu plant employs an enhanced manufacturing line, which increases productivity by 20% compared to that of the Yohkaichi plant, according to Kyocera.

The main product to be manufactured at the Yasu plant is the company's newly enhanced cell which has an average energy conversion efficiency of 16.9%, Kyocera says. These cells are used in the company's 215 W solar module.

SOURCE: Kyocera Corp.

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