Sharp announced that it plans to begin an annual 200MW production of its new single crystalline solar cell with high conversion efficiency. The company anticipated production to begin during fiscal 2010 at its solar cell plant in Green Front Sakai, Japan.
Sharp asserts that their single crystalline solar cell allows for high conversion efficiency by using a back contact structure, virtually removing the need for electrodes on the front-side. By using this method, the light-receiving area of the solar cell is increased on the front surface. Further, the company maintains that their new alignment sheet system eases the connection resistance between adjacent cells adding to the solar cells efficiency.
Sharp expects mass production to cover solar modules and solar cells, which will be used in both residential and industrial settings.