Hitachi Cable invests 500 million yen in new Malaysian PV wire production facility

By establishing this new production facility, in addition to its existing facilities in Japan and China, the company says it is seeking to expand its net sales of wiring materials for solar cell use – primarily NoWarp products – from approximately four billion yen in fiscal 2009 to nine billion yen in fiscal 2012. Plans call for regionally optimized production, as well as future enhancements in new product development and production capabilities.

?In solar cell modules, PV wire connects the individual cells, serving as a conductor that collects the electric power generated, explains the company. Crystalline silicon solar cells have been made slimmer in recent years, in order to increase production efficiency, it continues. In thinner cells, however, it says individual cells are more susceptible to the thermal stress generated when connected to PV wires, which sometimes results in warp: they must be flexible enough to absorb this thermal stress and to resist cell warp.

??It adds that growing interest in energy conservation and efforts to prevent global warming have led to anticipated annual growth rates for solar cell module output capacity averaging 22 precent. By 2015, it continues, the corresponding market is projected to grow to roughly 3.3 times in size from last year.

In a statement, the company concluded: “This anticipated demand has energized the production of solar cell modules around the world, as existing module makers seek to expand production and a succession of new parties venture into the market. This trend has been accompanied by growing demand for PV wire, creating a need to develop supply structures across a broad regional basis.”??