Honda's Soltec subsidiary has been selling smaller scale photo-voltaic panels for residential use for the past year. Honda Soltec has just expanded its capacity to build larger panels more suitable for large scale installations like factories and public buildings. As of this week, the large scale solar systems are available for sale from Honda. The company has been testing these systems for some time with a variety of installations ranging from the solar-powered hydrogen generating station at the Honda R&D campus in Torrance, CA to a car-carrying ship operated by ACT Maritime Co. Honda's press release is after the jump.
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Honda Soltec Begins Sales of Thin-Film Solar Cells for Public and Industrial Use

Japan, October 23, 2008– Honda's wholly-owned solar cell subsidiary Honda Soltec Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto; President and CEO: Akio Kazusa) will begin sales throughout Japan of thin-film solar cells for public and industrial use on October 24, 2008. Having sold solar cells for home use since October 2007, Honda intends to expand its customer base by manufacturing and selling solar cells capable of the high-capacity electrical generation required by public and industrial facilities.

Using a thin film of copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS) to convert solar energy into electricity, the Honda-developed cells are environmentally responsible both in their manufacturing process and in use. With increased awareness of environmental issues, Honda is seeing growth in demand not only for private- but also public- and industrial-use solar cells and continues to strengthen its business foundation by expanding product line.

In addition, Honda's extensive experience in large-scale solar cell installations has prepared the company for the expansion of the product line to public and industrial uses. The following are examples of completed projects:

Honda Cars Automobile Dealership
A 9 kW solar cell system was installed as part of the upgrading and reopening of the Honda Cars Mito, Katsuta North automobile dealership in Ibaraki Prefecture. The system powers the showroom and office of the facility.

The Solar Bear Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing environmental education to children and fighting global warming, selected at random three kindergartens from among applicants throughout Japan to receive a Honda solar cell system.

Automobile Transport Ship
Honda affiliate and automobile shipper ACT Maritime Co., Ltd. installed a 20 kW solar cell system on one of its large transport ships, powering on an experimental basis the cargo hold lighting system, etc., since November 2007 with the abundant solar energy available on long sea journeys.

Solar-Powered Hydrogen Station at Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
Using a 6.7 kW solar cell system on an experimental basis, Honda R&D Americas, Inc. is electrolyzing water to produce hydrogen without any CO2 emissions.

New Motorcycle Production Facility at the Kumamoto Factory
This 116 kW solar cell system, at 1,000 modules Honda's largest in Japan, powers the office building of the new facility.

In addition to developing motorcycles, automobiles and power products that emit less CO2, Honda is creating energy-producing products and engaging in activities that help reduce global warming.

Comparison of Honda Solar Cell Modules
Public and Industrial Use
Home Use
Cell material
Max. output per module (W)
Dimensions (W x D x H) (mm)
1,417 x 791 x 37
Weight (kg)
Nominal open-circuit voltage (V)
· Figures calculated by Honda based on air mass of 1.5, solar radiation of 1 kW/m2 and module temperature of 25º C.
· Actual output will depend on solar radiation, installation method (direction, angle and surrounding environment), geographic region and temperature.

Overview: Honda Soltec Co., Ltd.

December 1, 2006

Headquarters: 2042 Hirakawa, Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto, Japan
(located inside campus of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Kumamoto Factory)
Sales Office: Wako-shi, Saitama, Japan
Capital Investment: 4 billion yen
Capitalization Ratio:

100% Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

President and CEO: Akio Kazusa
Employment: Approximately 150 associates at full production
Annual Capacity: Approximately 27.5 MW (equivalent to 3 kW systems for approximately 9,000 homes)

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