Solar Frontier of Tokyo, Japan, plans to launch SmaCIS, a solar power system specifically designed for homes in the Japanese residential market. The company says that SmaCIS is the size of its predecessors but enables increased power output. The product can be installed on already constructed homes.
The system employs CIS thin film solar panels with specially developed and uniquely constructed mounts.
The size of the SmaCIS panels easily fits onto the hipped roofing of Japanese homes in which all sides slope downward but come together at the top in the form of a ridge.
Solar Frontier intends to begin producing the solar panels at its manufacturing plant in Miyazaki in April 2017, with the launch of the system scheduled for July.
SmaCIS gets its name from the “smart” way in which the CIS thin-film solar panels can be installed.
Additionally, Solar Frontier says that the smart form factor of the solar panels allows for more modules to be placed on complex roofs, such as on the hipped roofing of Japanese homes; Also, the appearance of the system makes it aesthetically compatible with the roofs. Solar Frontier points out that a smart, newly developed method of construction can reduce the time the assembly time for the system by about 20 percent.
Solar Frontier asserts that its Japanese customers value its CIS thin-film solar panels for their domestic-production quality and their high performance in real-world power generation applications. The company contends that housing companies including industry giants use its panels nationwide.