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Sharp to bolster solar cell production

Posted: 21 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar cell? photovoltaic?

Sharp Corp. has announced it will expand its solar cell production lines at its Katsuragi Plant in Nara Prefecture to cope with burgeoning demand for solar power both in Japan and abroad.

This move will expand annual production output from the previous 315MW (megawatts) to 400MW per year. The new line will begin operating January 2005.

Sharp said residential applications are primarily driving solar cell demand, though industrial and electric utility requirements are also growing. The company, which claims to be one of the largest producers of solar cells, estimates the total amount of electrical energy produced annually from photovoltaic sources will grow from 900MW to 1.1GW (gigawatts) over the next year.

The company has developed outdoor lighting products combiningsolar cells and light-emitting diodes.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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