Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Panasonic’s high-efficiency solar module now in full production

Panasonic Energy Malaysia Sbn Bhd, a solar module manufacturing plant established by Panasonic Corporation in December 2011 at Kulim Hi-Tech Park, has started full-scale production with an annual production capacity of 300MW.

Panasonic Corporation officials with Kedah state government and MIDA representatives during the official opening. Photo: The Borneo Post

Panasonic Kulim Factory Overview 

Factory:Panasonic Energy Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Location:Kulim Hi-Tech Park, Kedah, Malaysia
Establishment:December 2011
Products:HIT® solar modules
Floor space:Approx. 70,000 m²
Production capacity:
300 MW annually

Panasonic begins full-scale production at 300 MW Solar Module factory in Malaysia (Heterojunction with Instrinsic Thin-layer, HIT)

The solar plant manufactures HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer) solar modules. The RM1.84 billion solar manufacturing plant started operation in December 2012. The Kulim plant is pushing Panasonic’s overall annual production capacity to 900MW.

The new manufacturing facility plays an important role in helping Panasonic meet robust solar demand in addition to delivering cost competitiveness.

The Panasonic HIT solar modules offer top-class solar cell conversion efficiency of up to 22%.

The global solar market is expected to grow further with increasing environmental awareness and the introduction of stimulus measures such as the feed-in tariffs and subsidies in various countries, including Japan and Malaysia. In less than a year, the Kulim plant has reached its full-scale production.

“Our solar factory adopts a fully integrated solar manufacturing system that converts wafers to solar cells and modules. This helps strengthen our cost competitiveness through reduced transportation costs and the use of local materials."
- Yasuyoshi Kawanishi, managing director of Panasonic Energy Malaysia.

Doing the environment a favour, Panasonic HIT solar modules play a leading role in reducing carbon footprint while enabling more and more people to have access to clean energy.

Japan remains the largest importing country at the moment.

Source: The Borneo Post

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