Japan: Solar Frontier officially opens thin film plant

20. April 2011 | Applications & Installations, Products | By:  Becky Stuart

Solar Frontier has officially opened its 900 megawatt Kunitomi factory, in Japan. It is said to be the world’s largest CIS (copper indium selenide) thin film solar module production plant.

Solar Frontier CIS thin film photovoltaic module factory, Japan

The thin film solar module factory is said to be the largest of its kind in the world. Image: Solar Frontier.

The factory encompasses the entire production process of thin film module making, from the raw materials to the finished modules. Commercial production already began in February.

The company says that the production capacity will continue to increase into the summer, until the factory’s full capacity of near one gigawatt is reached.

"We are tremendously proud that CIS, a technology we partnered with Showa Shell Sekiyu to develop since 1993, has proven its potential on the journey from the laboratory to commercial production at one of the most advanced and largest solar panel factories in the world," commented Sadao Wasaka, Executive Director at NEDO. "We are sure that Solar Frontier will become a global leader in the PV market."

The opening ceremony was attended by officials from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Miyazaki Prefecture, Miyazaki City, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and The Development Bank of Japan.

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