Wheelchairs Run on Sunshine: KYOCERA Solar Modules Generate Energy to Charge Electric Wheelchairs

  Wheelchairs Run on Sunshine: KYOCERA Solar Modules Generate Energy to Charge
  Electric Wheelchairs

        Swiss Solar Prize Awarded to 'Quimby Huus' Solar Power Project

Business Wire

KYOTO, Japan -- February 26, 2013

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) announced that an exceptional solar
project utilizing the company's solar modules has been awarded the 2012 Swiss
Solar Prize: The wheelchairs of ten inhabitants at the Quimby Huus, an
institution for the physically disabled in St. Gallen, Switzerland, are driven
exclusively using solar power. A 3kW solar power generating system using
Kyocera solar modules is installed on the roof of the Quimby Huus, providing
3,000kWh of clean electricity each year — enough to power the residents'
electric wheelchairs all year round without creating any CO[2] emissions. This
sustainable project is led by environmentally-committed Sandro Buff (30), who
has been using a wheelchair himself for 16 years.

3kW Kyocera solar power generation system installed on the roof of the Quimby
Huus (Photo: Business ...

3kW Kyocera solar power generation system installed on the roof of the Quimby
Huus (Photo: Business Wire)

Electric wheelchairs typically would be powered by the main utility grid and
usually require two 12 volt rechargeable batteries. The idea behind the Quimby
Huus solar project was to derive this power entirely from renewable energy. In
order to realize this idea, a solar power generating system needed to be
installed on the roof to free inhabitants from dependence on the main grid and
secure an environmentally-friendly form of energy. The leader of the project,
Sandro Buff, quickly gained the support of the Quimby Huus manager.

Mr. Buff conceived this project together with energy advisor Peter Grau and
installed a 3kW solar power generating system including 12 Kyocera solar
modules on the roof of the home. The project was fully funded by sponsors, and
the environmentally-friendly power generated from this installation enables
the residents to travel approximately 1,500km per year in their wheelchairs,
fuelled solely by the sun's energy. Moreover, an energy meter was installed to
give inhabitants a clear picture of how much energy has been consumed, which
increases their awareness of energy consumption and offers additional
potential for conservation. The project also aims to serve as a motivation for
others to implement their own initiatives.

Sandro Buff was awarded the 2012 Swiss Solar Prize for his exceptional
commitment. He is convinced that everyone must "play their part in reversing
energy trends," and says, "together we can take on the challenge." Kyocera is
honored that its solar modules are helping to increase the energy independence
of residents at the Quimby Huus and hopes to further contribute to the
development of renewable energy.

To see more photos, please visit:
http://global.kyocera.com/news/2013/0204_wros.html

About KYOCERA

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the
parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a
producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining
these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with
other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power
generating systems, telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers,
electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial
ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company's net sales
totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The company is ranked
#426 on Forbes magazine's 2012 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest
publicly traded companies.

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available:
http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20130226005738/en/

Multimedia
Available:http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50576468&lang=en

Contact:

KYOCERA Corporation (Japan)
Hina Morioka, +81-(0)75-604-3416
Corporate Communications
webmaster.pressgl@kyocera.jp
Fax: +81-(0)75-604-3516
 
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.