PSA Singapore Terminals has installed Solar Frontier’s prototype ultralight and bendable copper-indium-diselenide (CIS) thin-film modules.
The modules, designed and engineered in Japan, were installed at Pasir Panjang Terminal Building 3, PSA’s newest terminal in Singapore.
“PSA is pleased to be involved in a project that underlines our commitment to green energy technologies. Alongside our electrically powered automated rail-mounted gantry cranes at our new terminals, these solar modules will also help reduce PSA’s carbon footprint as we continue to promote environmental sustainability,” said PSA International CEO Tan Chong Meng.
Solar Frontier CEO Atsuhiko Hirano said the modules, which were developed at the company’s Atsugi Research Center, expand new markets for solar energy.
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“These modules are ultralight, thin, and bendable, increasing the ways in which solar energy can be used and opening the way for potential new markets,” said Hirano.
Atsugi Research Center has been developing CIS thin-film technology and making advanced products that could attract new markets.
Unlike crystalline silicon technologies, CIS qualities enable it to be used to create ultralight, thin, and bendable products.
CIS solar cells are connected in a series and absorb a good amount of light energy and ensure maximum energy generation even under unfavourable weather conditions.
Singapore has been going big on solar power as solar panels become cheaper and the government encourages the use of solar power as a clean energy source.