June 13, 2007

Honda begins thin film solar cell sales in Japan


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Tokyo, Japan – Honda Soltec Company Ltd., a wholly-owned solar cell subsidiary of the automaker, has begun sales of thin film solar cells produced by Honda Engineering Co. Ltd. Sales are primarily in the Kanto area of Japan, through distributors who also provide installation.

The cells use a thin film made from a compound of copper, indium, gallium and selenium, which reduces CO2 generated during the production stage.

Starting this fall, Honda Soltec will mass-produce solar cells at a new plant, resulting in expanded sales throughout Japan. Each cell measures 1,417 mm by 791 mm by 37 mm, weighs 14.3 kg, and provides a maximum output of 125 watts per module.

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