December 11, 2016 9:44 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

Minato-ku

Tokyo,  135-8074

Japan

Founded in 2006

Phone:

81 3 5531 5626

Fax:

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 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.

Solar Frontier Commences Commercial Production at its 150MW Tohoku Plant in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

Solar Frontier announced that it has commenced commercial production at its 150MW Tohoku Plant in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Solar Frontier’s newest CIS solar panel factory features its most advanced production technology. Compared to Solar Frontier’s main production plant in southern Japan, the 900MW Kunitomi Plant, the Tohoku Plant requires only two-thirds the investment and manpower per megawatt. It also requires only one-third the time to manufacture a CIS solar panel. This technology enables Solar Frontier to achieve globally best-in-class production costs and serves as a template for future production lines to be modelled on. Solar Frontier first announced its decision to build the Tohoku Plant in December, 2013. After completing its construction in April 2015, Solar Frontier began ramping up the newly installed production lines. The Tohoku Plant now manufactures CIS solar panels of the same grade and higher compared to the Kunitomi Plant, initiating the decision to start sales. New Tohoku Plant modules will first go on sale this summer in their home prefecture of Miyagi before they will be made available in other areas in Japan. Solar Frontier aims to provide solar panels with output of 180W and beyond once the Tohoku Plant reaches full production. On top of power output, new features offer new benefits for installers and end-users. The addition of a busbar in the middle of the module, for example, improves the panel’s ability to perform when partially covered by shadows. Another key feature is lower module voltage, which enables greater flexibility when designing systems. Tohoku-produced panels also include modifications to the frame and junction box, making installation and maintenance easier. The start of commercial production at the Tohoku Plant marks the continued successful cooperation between Solar Frontier, Ohira Village and Miyagi Prefecture. Through its new technology, Solar Frontier is harnessing the power of the sun to provide a cleaner, more comfortable life for everyone.

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