KYOCERA's Solar-Powered Recharging Station for Electric Vehicles Installed at SHINTEC HOZUMI for Disaster Prevention
Clean, renewable energy charged to plug-in hybrid vehicles can be utilized as backup power in times of emergency
Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Kyocera Communication Systems Co., Ltd. (herein "KCCS") announced today that they have installed a "Solar Cycle Station for EV" at the headquarters of Shintec Hozumi Co., Ltd. in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Based on a development plan by Shintec Hozumi, KCCS designed and constructed the system so that solar-generated power charged to electric vehicles can be utilized in times of disaster as backup energy, contributing both to the efficient use of clean energy and disaster prevention .
Kyocera's "Solar Cycle Station" is an environmentally friendly solar-powered recharging station— originally launched for electric-assisted bicycles in 2010 — that uses the company's high performance solar modules. In 2012, the company started supplying the Solar Cycle Station for EV, which is designed to power electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
With the purpose of protecting the environment and saving electricity costs, Shintec Hozumi installed a 230kW Kyocera solar power generating system on the rooftop of its headquarters to provide clean energy for the building. Furthermore, as part of its Business Continuity Plan (BCP), the company adopted Kyocera's Solar Cycle Station for EV in order to secure backup power for disaster prevention planning. KCCS undertook the design and construction based on this scheme, creating a recharging system which not only supplies solar power to plug-in hybrid vehicles owned by the company, but can also route electricity from the cars' batteries back to the building when needed during an emergency.
In addition to the Solar Cycle Station, Kyocera markets a wide range of energy-related products based on its comprehensive strength in energy creation and communications technologies. With almost 40 years of experience as a solar module supplier, the company has expanded its solar business to also include the construction, operation and maintenance of solar power plants. Furthermore, Kyocera also markets lithium-ion batteries and Energy Management Systems (EMS) which contribute to more efficient energy use. This business development has been driven by the company's strong awareness of the importance of renewable energy, and the company will aim to further expand its energy business.
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Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of industrial ceramics, solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages and cutting tools. During the year ended March 31, 2013, the company's net sales totaled 1.28 trillion yen (approx. USD13.6 billion). The company is ranked #492 on Forbes magazine's 2013 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies and in 2013 was ranked by Ceramic Industry magazine as the world's No.1 manufacturer of advanced ceramics.