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Directory:Kyocera Solar, Inc.
Page first featured July 25, 2009
Kyocera, headquartered in Japan, now completing its sixth decade, is one of the world's largest vertically-integrated producers and suppliers of solar energy products. Kyocera began researching photovoltaics in 1959 and has installed thousands of systems throughout the world since 1978.
Their American solar division is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, with regional sales affiliates in the Americas and Australia. Kyocera Solar, Inc. (KSI), their North American solar products subsidiary, serves thousands of customers in both the developed and developing worlds.
Kyocera solar modules are a reliable, virtually maintenance-free power supply designed to convert sunlight into electricity efficiently. These systems are ideal for charging storage batteries to power remote homes, recreational vehicles, boats, telecommunications systems and other consumer and commercial applications.
Kyocera's advanced cell-processing technology and automated production facilities produce highly efficient multi-crystal photovoltaic modules. To protect the cells from the most severe environmental conditions, they are encapsulated between a tempered glass cover and an EVA pottant with a PVF back sheet. The entire laminate is installed in an anodized aluminum frame for structural strength and ease of installation.
Kyocera has perfected its new surface treatment technology and is using it on its entire line of modules named d.Blue, for its dark blue color. The newly developed treatment method processes multi-crystalline silicon cells in order to produce a surface texture that minimizes surface reflectance and maximizes output. The result is a maximum conversion efficiency of 16 %, one of the highest conversion efficiencies in the polycrystalline module industry. 
- http://KyoceraSolar.com - U.S. site
- Solar Modules - Kyocera solar modules are a reliable, virtually maintenance-free power supply designed to convert sunlight into electricity at the highest possible efficiency.
- Residential Grid - Tie Systems - There are five MyGen packages to choose from, ranging from 1440W STC to 5040W STC
- Industrial Products - Including SunPack for self-contained, continuous power in remote locations; CellPac for telecommunications equipment; Traffic Applications; Railroad Applications; and Oil & Gas Applications.
- Kyocera - MyGen Meridian is built directly into the roof of your home with easy installation by any roofing crew. Stylishly designed for optimal energy production, now you can enjoy the energy independence of solar power with pleasing aesthetics.
- Envision Solar - The Solar Grove is a photovoltaic-integrated carport system originally designed for Kyocera Solar. Eight translucent solar modules allow dappled sunlight to pass through to the ground, and reduce heat by shading the asphalt. Each solar tree provides shade for eight to 10 vehicles and the “tree-like" design means no columns for cars to scrape as they move in and out of the spaces.
Company: Kyocera Solar
Excerpts from http://www.kyocerasolar.com/about/
Kyocera Corporation, the headquarters and parent company of the global Kyocera group, was founded in 1959 in Kyoto, Japan as a start-up venture by Dr. Kazuo Inamori and seven colleagues. Kyocera's founders shared a vision of creating a company dedicated to the successful manufacture and sale of innovative, high-quality products based on advanced materials and components.
It was financed in 1975 by "Japan Solar Energy Co," when solar panels were very expensive, and needed to be reduced 100x to become economically feasible for the average person. Kyocera continued undaunted even in the 1970's when oil prices were so cheap and most people had lost an interest in the future of solar. In 1982, Kyocera launched its first mass production of PV cells. By 1987, Kyocera achieved a solar conversion efficiency of 15.1%, bettering its own record several times over the next few years.
Kyocera's North American operations have contributed strongly to the company's overall success. They established their first North American sales company in 1969, a two-person operation serving Silicon Valley's burgeoning semiconductor industry and other high-tech markets throughout the United States. Their North American operations have since expanded to more than 5,000 employees engaged in the manufacture and sale of a broad range of state-of-the-art, high-technology products in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
In the News
- Featured: Solar > PhotoVoltaics >
Kyocera -- Tribute to a Solar Pioneer - While they might not be on the extreme cutting edge today, for six decades Kyocera has been plodding away in the quest to bring solar power into the mainstream. Now they have thousands of employees worldwide, and some of the largest solar PV installations on the planet. (PESWiki; July 25, 2009)
- KYOCERA Solar Modules Exceed Performance Expectations at PPL Renewable Energy Park - Kyocera's 500-kilowatt (kW) solar array at the PPL Renewable Energy Park in N.J., has exceeded performance expectations consistently since it began operating in September 2006. “The 2,500 Kyocera KC200 modules are performing at 105 percent of expected output after nearly three years of operation” .. (BusinesWire; July 20, 2009)
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Solar Power International 2008 Video Updates - Renewable Energy World adds five videos from the Solar Power Conference International 2008, including a Roundtable discussion, News, a plenary session, a tour of the Kyocera product line and a CEO Panel discussion. (Renewable Energy World; Oct. 20, 2008)
- Solar > Kyocera announces 13.8-Megawatt Solar Electric Plant in Salamanca, Spain - One of the largest PV systems in the world will be commissioned September 18. It is comprised of ~ 70,000 Kyocera PV modules on a 36-hectares (89-acres), powering about 5,000 homes in a central distribution model. Kyocera plans to have capacity to produce 500 megawatts of PV modules per year by March 2011. (BusinessWire; Sept. 11, 2007)
See Discussion page
Not Top 100
All [d.Blue] does is make the module pretty. These modules have average power density and efficiency. They use generic polycrystalline cells. This is not a Top 100 technology.
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