February 26, 2017 5:17 AM ET

Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment

Company Overview of Solar Frontier K.K.

Company Overview

Solar Frontier K.K. develops, manufactures, and sells copper, indium, and selenium (CIS) based thin-film solar energy solutions for residential, commercial, and utility markets. The company offers preconfigured residential system packages; customized commercial rooftop solutions; customized utility-scale solutions, including preconfigured electrical components; lightweight and thin CIS modules; and cross-one mounting racks. It also engages in the sale of solar power systems; development and manufacture of power plant projects; and management of power generation businesses. The company serves homeowners; businesses ranging from office complexes and factories to farm buildings, harbor faciliti...

Daiba Frontier Building

2-3-2, Daiba


Tokyo,  135-8074


Founded in 2006


81 3 5531 5626


81 3 5531 3677

Key Executives for Solar Frontier K.K.

Chief Executive Officer, President and Representative Director
Executive Officer Vice President and Director
Director of International Business
Executive Officer Vice President and Director
Age: 63
Executive Officer Vice President and Director
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Solar Frontier K.K. Key Developments

Solar Frontier KK to Release Residential PV System for Japanese Roofs

Solar Frontier KK announced, that it will release the ‘SmaCIS’ residential solar power generation system. It will be sold as a system combining a slim (120 x 60cm) CISbased solar panel suited for Japanese hipped roofs, a newlydeveloped mounting system, etc. With the new mounting system, the gap between a panel and a roof material was reduced from 1011cm to 6cm. Also, the high durability of the panel enables to reduce the distance between the edge of the eaves and panels and install one more row of panels, according to Solar Frontier. In the case of hipped roofs, there is a rightangled triangle space (uncovered space) on the right and left side of each row of panels. In view of this, Solar Frontier will offer a decorative plate as an option to fill the space. Because the color of the plate is similar to that of the solar panel, it enhances the uniformity of the entire roof. With the narrower gap between the panel and the roof and the shorter distance from the edge of the eaves, the decorative plate drastically reduces the incongruity caused by the installation of panels. Those new installation methods not only enhance beauty but also increase the number of installable panels by 10% on average. For example, when 20 panels can be installed on a hipped roof with a conventional method, up to 27 panels can be installed on the same roof by using the new method. Moreover, the new method shortens installation time by about 20%.

Solar Frontier K.K. Announces the Installation of CIS Solar Systems at Delta Electronics Factory Site

Solar Frontier K.K. and Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL. announced the completion of four projects totaling 510kWp in size at the Delta Electronics factory site, in the Bangpoo Industrial Estate near Bangkok, Thailand. The projects were constructed by Energy Pro Corporation Ltd. Solar Frontier’s CIS thin-film solar panels have been installed on rooftops and carparks of two Delta factories at Delta Electronics. The construction started in July 2016 and all four installations were completed at the beginning of October 2016. The four projects are expected to provide an annual power generation of approximately 793MWh and all power generation will be for self-consumption by Delta Electronics. The transformer-less Delta grid photovoltaic (PV) inverters installed are the PRI M50A and RPI-M20A series of products. The entire solar power solution is seamlessly linked with Delta’s in-house developed software which allows monitoring and controlling of the power consumption.

Solar Frontier Provides CIS Thin-Film Solar Panels for Honda Demonstration Test

Solar Frontier has provided a total of 20 kW of CIS thin-film solar panels for Honda Motor Company’s 70MPa Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS), for which demonstration testing 1 commenced on October 24, in Tokyo, Japan. The 70MPa SHS utilizes Power Creator 2, a high-differential-pressure electrolyzer system developed by Honda that generates high-pressure hydrogen gas without the use of a mechanical compressor. Solar Frontier’s CIS thin-film solar panels deliver superior power generation capabilities in real-working conditions – even in high temperatures or partial shading – and are expected to make an outstanding contribution to the results of the demonstration testing. Solar Frontier will continue to leverage its partnerships across a wide variety of fields to provide a cleaner, more comfortable lifestyle for everyone. Coming on the basis of the Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s Low Carbon Technology Research and Development Program, the demonstration testing is being carried forward by Honda with the aim of verifying the operational effect of the 70MPa SHS, which produces solar power-derived hydrogen. The demonstration testing looks at the CO2 reduction effect of the 70MPa SHS under real-world city conditions and its practical utility as a transplantable power-generating facility. This is done by putting the 70MPa SHS in operation with the Clarity Fuel Cell, Honda’s new fuel-cell-powered vehicle; and the Power Exporter 9000, Honda’s V2L-compatible portable external power output device.

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