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Sharp begins mass production of crystalline solar cells in Sakai, Japan

Sharp Corporation will start mass production of its new single crystalline solar cell at its solar cell plant in Green Front Sakai, Sakai City, Osaka, Japan.

The annual production capacity for the solar cells will be 200 MW.

This single crystalline solar cell with high conversion efficiency uses a Back Contact structure (electrodes are connected on the back-side), which eliminates the need for electrodes to be set on the front-side, Sharp says. The structure increases the light-receiving area on the front-side's surface.

In addition, a new alignment technology (Alignment Sheet system), which reduces the connection resistance between adjacent solar cells, has also been developed by Sharp.

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