Intersolar 2009: Kyocera presents two new photovoltaic modules

Kyoto / Neuss, (PresseBox) - The Japanese technology corporation Kyocera is one of the leading manufacturers in the photovoltaic field. At Intersolar 2009 in Munich, the company will be introducing its new products: the polycrystalline photovoltaic modules KD185GH-2PU and the frameless FD135GH-2P.

Kyocera at Intersolar: 27 to 29 May, Hall A2, Stand 150

Intensive research together with continuing development and refinement of the production process mean that the embedded Kyocera high-performance solar cells in the new KD185GH-2PU and FD135GH-2P modules, with basic dimensions of 156 mm x 156 mm, achieve an efficiency in excess of 16% and thus guarantee an extremely high annual energy yield for the photovoltaic plant.

The KD185GH-2PU comprises 48 solar cells (6 x 8) and under standard test conditions supplies a nominal output of 185 watts (W). The especially stable frame has been tested by TÜV in accordance with the extended test requirements of IEC 61215 ed. 2 for 5,400 N/m² and has withstood the strong mechanical stress with ease. This means an increased level of security for the entire photovoltaic plant under extreme weather conditions, such as after heavy snowfall.

The KD185GH-2PU has a height of 1338 millimetres (mm) and a width of 990 mm. The module is expected to be available in the 3rd quarter of 2009.

The frameless FD135GH-2P is scheduled to replace its predecessor module, the FC130GX-2P, in October 2009. It consists of 36 solar cells (4 x 9) and under standard test conditions yields a nominal output of 135 W. Suitable assembly systems allow for ideal integration of the modules into the roofs of buildings. The result is an aesthetically pleasing and uniform photovoltaic plant. The FD135GH-2P has a height of 1500 mm and a width of 668 mm.

Kyocera is celebrating its 50 years of existence in 2009. The origin and core expertise of the company lie in the field of technical ceramics, also known as fine ceramics. At an early stage, company founder Dr Kazuo Inamori quickly recognized this key material of the future. Now Kyocera is among the world's most important suppliers of fine ceramic components for industry and is one of the leading manufacturers in the solar sector. Since its foundation 50 years ago, Kyocera has not once had to record a financial loss.

KYOCERA FINECERAMICS GMBH

Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, the Kyocera Corporation is one of the world's leading manufacturers of fine ceramic components for the technology industry. The strategically important divisions in the Kyocera Group, which comprises more than 200 subsidiaries (April 1st, 2009), are information and communications technologies, products to increase the quality of life, and environmentally friendly products. The technology group is also one of the largest producers of solar energy systems worldwide.

With a workforce of about 60.000 employees, Kyocera posted net sales of approximately €8.68 billion in fiscal year 2008/2009. The products marketed by the company in Europe include laser printers, digital copying systems, microelectronic components, fineceramic products and complete solar systems. The corporation has two independent companies in the Federal Republic of Germany: the Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH in Neuss and Esslingen and the Kyocera Mita Deutschland GmbH in Meerbusch.

The company also takes a lively interest in cultural affairs. The Kyoto Prize, one of the most prominent international awards, is presented each year by the Inamori Foundation, once established by Kyocera founder Dr. Kazuo Inamori, to individuals and groups worldwide for their outstanding human achievement (converted at present €400,000 per prize category).

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