Kyocera fully converted to 180 micrometer solar wafer thickness

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Kyocera has said that it has now converted all of its multicrystalline photovoltaic cell production plants to 180 micrometer wafer thickness, compared to the current industry standard of between 200 to 260 micrometers.


“Long-term contracts with our supplier partners assure us of sufficient silicon stocks to expand our production output from about 207 megawatts of solar modules in 2007 to a target of 500 megawatts in the year ending March 31, 2011,” said Steve Hill, President of Kyocera Solar, Inc.

Kyocera also reiterated achieving a new world record of 18.5 percent efficiency in its multicrystalline silicon solar cells in October 2006. The cell design which uses electrical contacts mounted on the underside of the cell is expected to enter mass production by March 2010.

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