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A Vast Array of Sharp Solar Solutions

For more than 50 years, Sharp’s efforts in research and development have led to groundbreaking solar solutions. As a maker of products that consume power, we’ve always believed we should create power, too. It’s all part of our Eco-Positive mission to brighten the lives of people around the world.


  • 1959-1970

    • 1961
      A successful prototype transistor radio with solar cells was made and released in 1961.
    • 1963
      Success in mass producing solar cells
    • 1963
      A lighted buoy in the Tsurumi Shipping Lane, Yokohama Bay, the world’s first buoy supplied with a solar cells.
    • 1966
      Ogami Island Lighthouse installed with solar cells, Nagasaki Prefecture; with 225W it had the worlds' largest solar power output at the time.
    • 1967
      Started development of space solar cells
  • 1971-1980

    • 1976
      Successful launch of operational satellite "Ume" with Sharp's solar cells on board
    • 1980
      First calculators with solar cell batteries released.
  • 1981-1990

    • 1981
      Operations began at the Shinjo Plant (now Katsuragi Plant).
    • 1983
      Production of a two-layer stacked solar cell using a roll-to-roll method
    • 1988
      Oita Marine Ranching system employs photovoltaic module.
    • 1988
      Cell conversion efficiency for amorphous silicon solar cells reaches 11.5%
  • 1991-2000

    • Becoming a local landmark, while effectively utilizing roof space
    • Functioning as a core facility of the local area in case of disaster
    • One of the largest systems for an educational institution in Japan, installed at the Nippon Institute of Technology
    • 1998
      A 200 kW system, one of the largest in Japan, with the world's first snow melting function
    • Installation in wall surfaces, using modules as a building material
    • The Orihime/Hikoboshi satellites stay in flight with light from the sun
  • 2001-2010

    • The state-of-the-art Super Green Factory which created the term "Kameyama model"
    • Solar panels cover the walls of a skyscraper in Manchester
    • 2008
      Installation of "Lumiwall", thin-film solar cells with built in LEDs, in the Yodoyabashi Redevelopment Building
    • Sharp's Taki Plant effectively utilizes its south facing wall
    • Also functioning as a blind to hide outdoor equipment for air-conditioning
    • 2004
      The largest level corporate solar cells installation in the U.S., at an airport distribution hub
    • New function for solar cells = Snow melting
    • A new proposal for environmentally friendly condominiums
    • Rental apartments with solar power generation, to achieve harmony with the environment
    • A human- and environment-friendly water purification plant
    • Lights powered by solar energy light the way for ships
    • 2003
      Independent power generation system, operating stably even in a desert region of Mongolia
    • 2009
      Tenerife Island Industrial Mega Solar Power Plant
    • Höheinöd (district Südwestpfalz), Rhineland-Palatinate / Germany
    • Leibertingen (district of Sigmaringen), Baden-Württemberg / Germany
    • Parque Purullena in Granada / Spain
    • Triptis (Thüringen) / Germany
    • Bad Wimpfen / Germany
    • Valencia / Spain
    • Albacete / Spain
    • Sandanski / Bulgaria

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