The Miyagi prefecture in Tohoku, north-east in Japan, was among the most damaged in the earthquake and tsunami in March.
Elkem has a long in history in Japan. The first Elkem designed ferro alloy smelter in Asia was installed here in 1928. Since then, Elkem has developed strong customer relationships throughout the country. The news of the earthquake and tsunami in March, moved Elkem’s top management to invite its Tokyo office to present a project where Elkem can assist the rebuilding of the damaged areas.
Ishinomaki Commercial High School is located in the Miyagi prefecture in Tohoku, in north east Japan.
“Supply of renewable energy is increasingly important for Japan. I am therefore very happy that my company has decided to donate this solar cell system as a gesture to our country, customers and employees”, says Hiroyuki Date, President of Elkem Japan.
The donation, fully financed by Elkem, consists of providing Elkem Solar Silicon® (ESS™) to Silicon Plus, who will process the solar grade silicon ESS™ into ingots and wafers on a commercial basis for Elkem. Kyocera Corporation will then produce high efficient cells, modules and systems. Silicon Plus’ sister company S-Power is to install the 15 kWp system, using local work force. The roof-top installation will consist of approx. 65 solar panels that will also be useful in the school’s education programs.
“Elkem is very grateful for the assistance it received from The Norwegian Embassy and Innovation Norway in Tokyo. They have helped us in finding suitable locations and partners at municipal and prefectory level and have enabled us to initiate this project relatively quickly after the disaster took place in March. We are also looking forward to further commercial cooperation with our Japanese partners Kyocera, Silicon Plus and S-Power”, says VP Public Affairs at Elkem, Kristin Karlstad.
Elkem Solar is producing ESS™ based on a newly developed in-house technology in Norway. The company is providing solar grade silicon with low carbon footprint through an energy efficient process. When producing ESS™, Elkem Solar is using only 25 percent of the energy that is required by traditional technology.
Hiroyuki Date, President
Elkem Japan KK
Tel: +81 (0)3 3584 7711 (dir)
Mobile: +81 (0)90 6682-0761
Kristin Karlstad, VP Public Affairs
Tel: +47 22 45 03 12 (dir)
Mobile: +47 99 22 66 04
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