Chiyoda, Solar Frontier Get Orders for 86MW of Solar Power Plants

2013/10/31 10:59
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute

Chiyoda Corp and Solar Frontier K.K. (Minato Ward, Tokyo) announced that they have received 18 orders for a total of 86MW of mega-solar (large-scale solar) power plants in Japan.

The two companies collaboratively provide EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services for solar power generation systems. The solar panel that Solar Frontier is manufacturing in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, is a compound semiconductor thin-film solar cell that uses copper (Cu), indium (In) and selenium (Se) and is called "CIS soler cell." Because its power generation loss is small even at high temperatures, it has been increasingly employed for mega-solar plants.

Of the 18 orders that Chiyoda and Solar Frontier received, five plants have already started operations, 11 plants are in the stage of EPC, and two plants are being provided with EPC services by Chiyoda System Technologies Corp (Yokohama City), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiyoda. The 19.6MW plant ordered by Mitsui & Co Ltd has a larger capacity than any of the other plants. It is located in Aichi Prefecture.

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