Honda Soltec Markets 120W & 130W CIGS Modules
The solar cell modules will be used for residential applications and are being marketed alongside a new power conditioner with a rated output of 5.5kW.
Honda Soltec, Honda's wholly-owned solar cell subsidiary, has begun to sell two new residential-use solar cell modules with maximum output of 130W and 120W. The firm is also marketing a power conditioner with rated output of 5.5kW, adding to its lineup of home-use modules.
The firm has advanced its solar cell production technology to improve the quality of the electricity-generating layer. As a result, the new 130W solar cell module achieves solar energy conversion efficiency of 11.6%. This, says Honda, is the highest efficiency CIGS-based solar cells currently being sold in Japan.
Honda Soltec’s solar cells use thin film made from a compound of copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS), making it environmentally responsible both in the manufacturing process and in use. The company began production and sales of solar cell modules for residential use in 2007 and for public/industrial use in 2008.
Before the new addition, Honda Soltec’s product lineup included two types of residential-use solar cell modules with maximum output of 125W and 115W and one type of power conditioner with a rated output of 4.0kW. The company will continue sales of these products along with the new products.
To date, Honda Soltec has sold residential-use solar cell modules to approximately 2,250 homes through home builders and contractors. The company has installed public/industrial-use solar cells to approximately 120 buildings including Hanshin Koshien Stadium, warehouse of logistics centers and hospitals. In an environment of increasing demand, the company intends to expand its business to regions outside Japan.