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KYOCERA to Start Exclusive Sales in Japan of New Residential-Use Energy Management System Combining Solar Power with Li-ion Battery Storage Unit

Proprietary technology offers efficient control of energy consumption and emergency storage capability.

Kyocera Corporation and Nichicon Corporation announced that the two companies have completed an agreement for Kyocera to begin domestic sales this summer of a new energy management system (EMS) which combines Kyocera’s highly reliable solar power generating systems with Nichicon’s long-lasting, high-capacity lithium-ion battery storage units. Designed for the Japan market, the new system responds to the growing demand for residential energy storage equipment following the March 11 disasters. Kyocera will begin sales in Japan this summer.

Optimizing Energy Use with Kyocera’s Energy Management System

Through its long-term R&D strategy and proprietary technology in solar and energy-related fields, Kyocera has developed an EMS which makes effective use of energy.

Using and regulating a solar power generating system with battery storage requires a power inverter and sophisticated energy-management technology. The EMS developed by Kyocera is thus effective in optimizing residential energy use from those systems and utility power from the electricity grid.

“This new system combines the two vital themes of power generation and power storage using Kyocera’s solar power generating system and Nichicon’s energy storage unit,” explained Kyocera President Tetsuo Kuba at a joint press conference with Nichicon held in Kyoto, January 16. “Kyocera will use its energy-management technology to launch this new comprehensive system for optimizing residential energy use, and thus make a real contribution to preventing climate change.”

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KYOCERA Earns 9th Waste-Reduction Award from State of California's CalRecycle

Kyocera Communications Inc., a San Diego-based provider of Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless phones in the Americas, announced today that it was awarded a 2011 Waste Reduction Award from the California Department of Resource Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

It is the ninth year that Kyocera has been recognized with the award by the State's Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) for its recycling and environmentally friendly business practices. Kyocera also is the City of San Diego's most-awarded company for environmental programs. 'Concern for the environment and social responsibility have been key components of Kyocera's management philosophy since the company was founded over 50 years ago,' said Yasuhiro Oishi, president of Kyocera Communications Inc. 'Innovation shouldn't just be applied to the products we make, but also to how we make them, how our employees conduct business and how we can conserve our natural resources.' In line with its corporate commitment to environmental protection and 'harmonious coexistence,' Kyocera believes, and has demonstrated, that striving to minimize environmental impacts from business operations by recycling and reducing waste can be both good for the environment and good for business. In 2010, Kyocera Communications Inc. recycled more than 43,596 pounds of paper, plastic, electronic and other waste destined for landfills.

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Solar Power Company, American Solar, Completes Solar Installation for Tucson Facility

Collaborative Effort with Property Owner Brings Commercial Solar Project Online

American SolarSolar power company, American Solar, announces completion of a commercial solar installation at a Tucson facility. The project represents the first facility for American Solar that incorporates on-site solar energy production.

In collaboration with the property owner, American Solar installed a large-scale system consisting of 36 Kyocera KD-215 photovoltaic modules. Additional system components include a Fronius G+ V 7.5 kW inverter.

The solar installation is expected to produce annually 13,158 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electric power. “This has been an exciting project for us,” said Sean Seitz, president of American Solar. “Not only was this the first facility we’ve worked on that has on-site solar energy production, but the system size produces a significant amount of power. In addition, the building’s owner has been a supportive partner by remaining focused on energy efficiency measures throughout the property renovation.”

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About Kyocera
Kyocera, founded in 1959 and headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, is a healthy, forward-thinking, globally active corporation which in 2009, celebrated its 50th anniversary. With over 65,000 employees at 200 locations worldwide, Kyocera's areas of operations include information and communications technology, environmental protection and preserving the quality of life. Kyocera's origins and core competencies are in the field of technical ceramics, also known as fine ceramics. Today, Kyocera is among the world's leading manufacturers of solar energy products/modules.