'Thinner than iPhone 5' solar panels announced

July 25
10:02 AM 2013

Solar Frontier, a Japanese solar panel producer, announced today that it has created a panel that is "thinner than an iPhone 5." Despite smartphones having nothing to do (as of the moment) with the solar panel industry, the solar panel manufacturer from Japan decided to market their product with that tagline in mind.

Solar Frontier manufactures photovoltaic modules targeted for the residential and housing industry. Their latest product - the Solacis neo, was announced as slimmer than the iPhone 5. According to the company, the Solacis neo sold many units due to this feature.

The Solacis neo's thickness measures at 6.5 mm. The extremely thin solar panel will produce less stress on roofs when attached, according to the company. It means that the module can be installed on weaker roofs.

Despite this attempt at riding the smartphone wave, analysts predicted that there is nothing much going on for the company's new product. Solar Fontier, a subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiu, is the world's largest CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide) manufacturer. Analysts included the company's stocks as one of the few in the CIGS industry that investors should closely monitor.

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