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KYOCERA’s Solar Modules Adopted for Toyota Marine’s Recreational Boats

Solar power use expanded to marine application for lower CO2 emissions


01 July 2010 - Kyoto / Neuss, 1 July 2010 − Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba; herein “Kyocera”) today announced that the company has started supplying solar modules for “Toyota Solar Panels,” which are to be installed in recreational boats manufactured and sold by Toyota Motor Corporation (herein “Toyota”). Toyota Solar Panels can also be installed as an optional unit on recreational boats manufactured by other companies.

This solar module will be exhibited in the Kyocera booth at PV Japan 2010, the solar energy trade exhibition, held at Pacifico Yokohama, Japan from June 30 through July 2, 2010.

Electricity generated by the solar modules can be charged to a battery and used as a supplemental, durable power source for the various electronics and appliances installed on recreatioinal boats creating a more comfortable boating experience. Its use not only helps the reduction of CO2 emissions but also prevents a boat’s battery from deteriorating in times of non-use for extended periods during docking at port.

Kyocera already supplies its solar modules for the Toyota Prius, which was launched in May 2009. Following on from the company’s solar modules introduction into the automotive field, they are now being expanded to use in marine vessels.

For this product, Kyocera has implemented strict quality control evaluations, done through rigorous testing to confirm heat resistance, vibration resistance, shock resistance and other aspects, in order to ensure reliability. For the production of this module, Kyocera has set up a dedicated production line with specialized engineers to ensure thorough manufacturing control.

While seeking to further enhance the quality of its solar cells and modules, Kyocera will also continue to explore new possibilities for the application of solar power.

Solar Module Specifications

Output:

Maximum approx. 60W (solar module)

Conversion efficiency:

Maximum approx. 17.5% (solar cell)

Production bases:

Cells: Yohkaichi Plant (Shiga, Japan)

Modules: Ise Plant (Mie, Japan)

Application:

Battery charging for boat’s equipment

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