Two residential-use solar cell modules that boast of a maximum output of 130W and 120W respectively have been rolled out of the Honda Soltec stables for the Japanese market. The company, a wholly-owned arm of Honda, also said it has unveiled a power conditioner with rated output of 5.5kW.
The new solar cells make use of thin film made from a compound of copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS), so as to be environmentally responsible both in the manufacturing process and in use. The new residential-use solar cell module with maximum output of 130W are said to return solar energy conversion efficiency of 11.6 per cent. This, incidentally, is the highest among CIGS-based solar cells currently being sold in Japan.
Going by statistics, Honda Soltec has already sold residential-use solar cell modules to approximately 2,250 homes through home builders and contractors. A slew of public and industrial-use solar cells have been installed at around 120 buildings.
It is being expected that the company might now mull over looking beyond Japan to sell its solar cell products.