Sharp Solar Panels

Sharp Solar Power Technology
From Outer Space Into the Home — Sharp’s Solar Power Technology Helps Achieve a Brighter Future
ith over 40 years experience providing innovative technology, Sharp leads in solar power generation.

Sharp began its involvement with research and development of photovoltaics in 1959.

Since then, Sharp solar cells and peripheral products have been improved and applied to a wide range of applications: from satellites out in space to terrestrial purposes for lighthouses, industrial applications, and residential use.

Sharp is the sole manufacturer in Japan of satellite solar cells authorised by National Space Development Agency Japan, and a recipient of a variety of Japan’s honorable energy saving awards.

As a leading manufacturer, Sharp produces single and multi-crystalline as well as amorphous silicon solar cells.

These silicon solar cells continuously improve quality standards, ensure electrical and mechanical durability, as well as optimise conversion efficiency.

Solar power generation is the unprecedented, indispensable energy source for conserving our
global environment for tomorrow.

Unlike other energy resources such as fossil fuels, the Photovoltaic Power Generation System utilises the natural inexhaustible resource of sunlight, generating electricity without producing environmentally harmful compounds, leading to global warming, or causing destruction of the ecosystem.

Photovoltaics are a tremendous solution for our society, which both demands enormous power supplies, and is obligated to conserve the Earth for future generations.


The world’s No.1 manufacturer of solar cells since the year 2000.

1959 - Started development of solar cells.
1963 - Mass production of solar cells.
1966 - Installed photovoltaic (PV) module on the lighthouse in Nagasaki-- the world’s largest output power at the time.
1976 - Sharp’s first installation of a PV system to power a Japanese satellite.
1980 - Introduced calculators with solar cell batteries into the market.
1988 - Employed PV system in Oita Maritime Ranch.
1994 - Introduced PV Power Generation System into the residential market.
1995 - Received the 8th Technology Award from the Japan Society of Energy and Resources for its residential-use PV Power Generation System.
2000 - Installation completed in the 1000th lighthouse equipped with Sharp’s PV system.
2007 - Sharp sets up additional solar cell production line, production capacity to be expanded to 710MW per year, the world’s highest.

Multiple recipient of Japan’s New Energy Award.

The Principle of the Photovoltaic Power Generating System

Photovoltaic Power Generation Systems begin with the solar module. The solar modules capture solar energy and generate direct current (DC) electricity. Inverters (power conditioners) convert DC into AC (alternating current) to run many common appliances and equipment.

Residential Use Grid-Connected
Photovoltaic Power Generation System:

Examples of Stand-Alone Photovoltaic Power Generation Systems

1. Photovoltaic Power Generation System for a village (centralised system)

Photovoltaic power generation capacity: Over 10 kW
Targeted facility: Village/Suburb
Use: Lighting, TVs, washing machines, refrigerators, street lights
• Load capacity at the terminal/station is arbitrary,
making the electricity supply more flexible.

• Operation and control of the Photovoltaic (PV)
Generation System can be centralised.

• A facility supervision system can be easily formed.

2 Photovoltaic Power Generation System for school, medical clinic, public hall,or residential house

Photovoltaic power generation capacity:1 - 10 kW
Targeted facility: School, medical clinic, public hall, orresidential house
Use: TVs, VCRs, telecommunication equipment, lighting
• Able to give priority in supplying electric power to public
buildings and electrified facilities.

• Easy to collect fees such as for use of facilities, food storage, recharging, and water.
• Facility management staff can concurrently control system operation.
• Effective for improving living standards.


 3 Solar Home System (SHS)

Photovoltaic power generation capacity: Less than 300 W
Targeted facility: Individual house
Use: Lighting, TV, radio, or street light
• System structure is simple.
• Ideal for use in decentralised villages.
• Can be used conscientiously, since users are in individual housing.