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Solar Frontier Kabushiki Kaisha

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Solar Frontier Kabushiki Kaisha


Solar Frontier Kabushiki Kaisha, a Japanese photovoltaic company, specializes in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar cells using CIGS technology. It operates as a fully owned subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu and is headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. The company originally started in 2006 as Showa Shell Solar and later rebranded itself as Solar Frontier in April 2010. Showa Shell Sekiyu, the parent company of Solar Frontier, has a longstanding history in the solar energy sector, dating back to 1978. They initiated commercial production of crystalline silicon modules for solar cells in 1983 and embarked on research into CIS (copper-indium-selenium) technology in 1993. Solar Frontier's manufacturing facilities are situated in Miyazaki Prefecture, where they focus on the development and production of CIS solar panels utilizing CIGS and CIGSe materials. Notably, the company prides itself on the absence of cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) in its cell manufacturing process, distinguishing it from other technologies that often use toxic materials. For instance, CIGS technology commonly employs a thin CdS buffer layer, while CdTe-technology contains cadmium, and traditional crystalline silicon modules incorporate lead-containing solder material. The company's primary manufacturing plant, located in Kunitomi, has been in operation since its soft launch in February 2011, boasting a substantial production capacity of nearly 1 GW per year (900 MW). In April 2015, Solar Frontier completed the construction of its fourth production facility, the 150-megawatt Tohoku Plant, situated in Ōhira, Miyagi Prefecture. This plant commenced commercial production in June 2016 and introduced advanced CIS line technology, achieving solar modules with conversion efficiencies exceeding 15%. Compared to the Kunitomi Plant, the Tohoku Plant demonstrates cost and time efficiencies, requiring less investment, manpower, and time for the manufacture of CIS solar panels.

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Teigeki Building 3-chome-1-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda 100-0005 , Tokyo ,
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Address Teigeki Building 3-chome-1-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda 100-0005 , Tokyo ,
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