Solar Frontier thinks big as Kunitomi fires on all cylinders

Solar Frontier is already planning process improvements for its modules

Solar Frontier is already planning process improvements for its modules

With $1.2bn invested in its 900MW fully auto­mated factory in ­Japan, Solar Frontier is ramping up commercialisation of its thin-film PV panels in earnest.

The Kunitomi plant, which opened in April, began exporting 150-watt (W) copper-­indium-selenium­ (CIS) modules last month.

Solar Frontier claims the modules have a 12.2% effici­ency — higher than First Solar’s ­cadmium- telluride­ panels — and the company plans to improve that.

In testing, it set a CIS record with a 17.2%-efficient 30sq-cm sub-module, and it says it will roll those ­pro­cess improvements into its production lines en route to building a 14%-efficient­ 170W module in 2014.

Chief operating officer Gregory Ashley says the company is targeting the large commercial rooftop and utility markets Log in to read complete article.

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