Sharp Opens 10th-Gen. LCD plant
Operations have started at the new Sharp Display Products Corp.’s 10th-generation LCD panel plant in Sakai City, Japan, the company announced Thursday. Construction on the manufacturing complex began November 2007. The facility will process mother glass panels 60 percent larger than the sheets used in Sharp’s eighth-generation LCD plant to produce energy-saving panels of 40 inches and larger. Initial production capacity is expected to be 36,000 substrates a month, increasing gradually to 72,000. A part of the facility dedicated to thin-film solar cell production is scheduled to open by March 2010. The new complex employs resource-saving features such as waste management and water recycling systems, 100,000 indoor and outdoor LED lights, and solar panels on all factory roofs to generate 18 MW of electricity for use at the facility.
- The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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- A device for converting sunlight into electrical energy, consisting of a sandwich of P-type and N-type semiconducting wafers. A photon with sufficient energy striking the cell can dislodge an electron from an atom near the interface of the two crystal types. Electrons released in this way, collected at an electrode, can constitute an electrical current.
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