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August 25, 2005 Fuji Electric Systems Co., Ltd.

Construction of a New Solar-cell Plant and Agreement on Strategic Cooperation with Kumamoto University and Kumamoto Techno Industrial Foundation

Fuji Electric Systems (President : Haruo Ito) announced today the establishment of a new solar cell plant that will support its full-scale entry into the solar cell market, at an industrial park in Nankan-machi, Tamana-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture.
To create new solar energy business opportunities, Fuji Electric Systems has also agreed to comprehensive three-party cooperation with Kumamoto University (President: Tatsuro Sakimoto) and the Kumamoto Techno Industrial Foundation (Managing Director: Yoshiko Shiotani).




1. Full-scale Market Entry
   Last October, Fuji Electric Systems successfully developed the world's first mass-producible amorphous-silicon solar cell with a plastic film substrate and is now ready for full-scale entry into the market.

   A. Product Features
      Amidst growing concerns about the depletion of dwindling sources of silicon, our amorphous silicon solar cells are gathering attention because they are less than 1/100ths to 1/200ths the thickness of crystalline solar cells, and therefore require far less silicon to produce. They are also eco-friendly since much less energy is used for production than for crystalline solar cells.
Our amorphous silicon solar cells have drawn considerable interest since they first came to the market because of their unimaginable features, such as light weight and bendability. These features enable expanding usage as easy-to-design solar cells even in large sizes.

   B. State-of-the-Art Plant Construction
      The new plant will realize high-yield mass production using the "roll-to-roll production method," which is the result of co-development between Fuji Electric and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) applying Fuji Electric Group's distinctive technologies, such as semiconductors, magnetic disks, photoconductive drums, and so on.
As the plant aims to become an eco-friendly facility, it introduces Fuji Electric Systems' energy management technologies to optimize and minimize the consumption of energy, and will promote reducing and reusing wastes generated there.

      Overview of the New Plant
    •  Location: Nankan Tobu Industrial Park, Kumamoto Prefecture
    •  Site area: Approx. 54,000 m2
    •  Building area: Approx. 10,000 m2
    •  Construction start:   September 2005
    •  Operation start: October 2006
    •  Workforce: 75persons
    •  Investment: Approx. 6,000 million yen for the first year
    •  Product capacity: 15 MW in 2006

   C. Business Plan
        (1) Targeted Markets
             The solar cell market stands today at approximately 900 MW worldwide, but is expected to grow significantly at an average rate of 30% a year mainly in Europe and North America. Fuji Electric Systems is focusing on the markets that match the features of its solar cells, such as vending machines, reservoir covers at water treatment plants, and rooftop waterproofing sheets. We will also expand into curved and/or wide buildings, such as gymnasiums and factories, using solar modules integrated with steel plates, which are already commercially available.
Fuji Electric Systems will aggressively introduce products to the international market, especially to German and other European markets, as well as the Chinese market.

        (2) Production and Sales
             Current plans for the first year of operation in fiscal 2006 call for a production capacity of approximately 7 MW and sales of 2,000 million yen a year. Another round of production investment will boost capacity in 2009 to approximately 30 MW and sales to roughly 7,000 million yen a year. Eventually, anticipated improvements will yield a production capacity of at least 100 MW per year.
The overall scale of the solar energy business is expected to be nearly five times of the sales amount of solar modules, including support industries such as related construction work, inverters, and energy distribution and optimization.

        

Fiscal 2006 Fiscal 2007 Fiscal 2009
Module production capacity/sales Approx. 7MW
Approx. 2,000 million yen
Approx. 12MW
Approx. 3,000 million yen
Approx. 30MW
Approx. 7,000 million yen
Total business volume Approx. 10,000 million yen Approx. 15,000 million yen Approx. 35,000 million yen


2. Industry-University-Government Cooperation
   The goal of the cooperative agreement concluded by Kumamoto University, the Kumamoto Techno Industrial Foundation, and Fuji Electric Systems is to conduct research and development, develop human resources, start up and foster local industries, and create employment opportunities in the field of natural energy based on amorphous silicon cell technology developed by Fuji Electric Systems. The three parties have agreed to comprehensive cooperation in the following areas.

   A. Association for Solar Energy Business Promotion
      The main functions of the association are as follows:
     1.   Conducting joint research and development
     2.   Commercializing products
     3.   Promoting the transfer of university-owned technology.
     4.   Popularizing natural energy

   B. Agreement between Kumamoto University and Fuji Electric Systems
      Both parties will promote industry-university cooperation to develop next-generation technologies, and technological experts will use the results to contribute to society.
     1.   Promoting joint research
     2.   Providing lectures funded by Fuji Electric Systems
     3.   Dispatching and accepting interns
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