Posts Tagged ‘heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer’

17 March

Panasonic Building 300MW PV Manufacturing Plant in Kulim Hi-Tech Park of Kedah, Malaysia


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A solar manufacturing company established by the Panasonic Corporation, Panasonic Energy Malaysia Sdn Bhd, is investing RM 1.84 billion (according to Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia) for its fully integrated solar manufacturing base in Malaysia, located at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Kedah, Malaysia.

Kulim Hi-Tech Park Business Center of Kedah, Malaysia

This manufacturing facility will undertake the integrated manufacturing of solar wafers, solar cells, and solar modules with an estimated annual production capacity of 300 megawatt (MW).  The company’s current global capacity is 600 MW from its factories in Japan, Hungary, and Mexico.

The decision in establishing its facilities at Kulim Hi-Tech Park is mainly due to lowering the total cost per watt of modules being produced.  Other attributing factors include the availability and readiness of human resources;well developed and reliable transportation system, close proximity to airports, seaports, and rail;stable political environment;effective and efficient government delivery systems; business friendly policies and favorable tax incentives.

Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP) was established in 1996 as Malaysia’s first high-tech industrial park, envisioned to be the “Science City of the Future.”  It is the home of high-tech facilities of companies such as Infineon Technologies, Intel, Applied Materials, Fuji Electronics, First Solar, and dozens of others.

Maeda, the person in charge of of the solar business for Panasonic Energy Company Japan, said solar panel sales had dropped for the last three years, but not its HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer) solar modules.  “With increasing environment awareness globally and the introduction of subsidy systems as well as a Feed-In-Tariff scheme in various countries, the solar market is predicted to grow further,” he commented that the robust demand is expected particularly in the residential sector, the main target area for HIT modules.  The plant is expected to employ 1500 people and has a total built-area of 70,000 square meters. The products manufactured in Kulim will be sold all over the world.

Below, you will see a video clip from PanasonicNewsPortal about this facility:

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11 January

Updates From Our Friend the Environmentalist and Actor Ed Begley, Jr.


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Just received news/email from our friend Ed Begley Jr. (remember the show Living With Ed?!).

Our Friend the Environmentalist and Actor Ed Begley Jr.

Apparently Panasonic just announced an exclusive brand license and endorsement agreement with our friend the environmentalist and actor Ed Begley, Jr. that Panasonic will use the endorsement of Ed Begley, Jr. in print and online campaigns to support the marketing of Panasonic HIT solar panels.  HIT stands for “heterojunction with intrinsic thin-layer,” and the solar cells used are a hybrid with a unique structure comprised of a thin mono-crystalline silicon wafter surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers. HIT solar modules are known for having extremely high conversion efficiency and excellent temperature characteristics, allowing HIT modules to generate more power throughout the year, even during peak summer months, compared to other types of crystalline modules.

According to President of Panasonic Eco Solutions North America Jim Doyle, “Panasonic is pleased to have earned the respect and endorsement of Ed Begley, Jr., for Panasonic HIT solar panels.  Mr. Begley is not only a well known actor but his view of helping the environment matches Panasonic’s mission to be the number one green innovation company in the electronics industry by 2018, the 100th anniversary of the company’s founding.  Ed will be a recognizable and trusted voice to the customer about how they can help the environment by installing solar panels.”  Information about Panasonic and its products are available at Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at

“Environmental lifestyles have changed much over the past few years. Solar has become an alternative to people who want to do something sustainable in their lives as well as save money. Solar can help them do both with quality solar panels like Panasonic’s HIT, government incentives, and solar leasing,” said Mr. Begley. “This agreement will help me reach customers and educate the public on the benefits of going solar. It has always been my mission to help people make greener lifestyle choices, and consequently create a brighter, healthier future for all of us.”  Here at Sun Is The Future, we believe Panasonic made a fantastic choice in selecting Ed Begley, Jr. to endorse Panasonic HIT solar panels! More tips on solar energy and energy efficiency ideas below in the clip with Ed Begley, Jr.


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3 April

What Is Solar Cell (7)


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By now, dear readers/friends, you are probably wondering how much of the world’s energy usage is based on solar energy. Despite the fact that it is by far the most “clean, safe, abundant, and least likely to contribute to war among nations” form of energy, it is only taking up about 0.5%

World Energy Usage Chart (Note:Solar heat of 0.5%, Wikimedia Commons)

of the world’s energy usage. The reason is cost!  That is why scientists and engineers throughout planet earth are making their greatest effort in figuring out /experimenting with material and ways of applying technology to reduce the cost of solar energy/technology.  Thin film technology reduces the amount of material required to create a solar cell, but it also reduces the energy conversion efficiency.  Nevertheless, thin film silicon cells have become popular due to cost, flexibility, lighter weight, and ease of integration, compared to wafer silicon cells.  In this next and final clip on the series of “What Is Solar Cell”,  you will see CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide. some also call it CIGSS or (di)selenide, but most literatures refer to it as CIGS), a direct-bandgap material, with the highest efficiency (~20%) among thin film materials.

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It is encouraging that solar industry had been growing exponentially in recent years and its cost had been driven down tremendously.  In addition to decreasing the cost, increasing the efficiency of the material, and increasing its applications ( building integrated photovoltaics such as roof, window glass, or paint, using thin film solar material will drive down the cost of solar electricity further and eventually be able to get 20% of the energy from solar (forecasted by some scientists and engineers)) , there had been great amount of discussions in various types of incentive programs that may be implemented in the effort of driving down its cost and increasing its economic feasibility.  In the final analysis, in order to increase the percentage of global energy use from solar energy, it is up to all of us earthlings to make every effort in bringing down the cost of solar technology, whether through scientific technological research and development or through incentive programs.  I will reserve the topic on various incentive programs in future posts. Until then, I bid you a clear and sunny day tomorrow~

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