PV Panel offers output of 300 mW.

Press Release Summary:

Measuring 41 x 67.5 x 0.8 mm, model LR0GC02 solar panel features 10 polycrystalline silicon cells which achieve efficiency of 12.8%. System produces output of 5 V at maximum of 60 mA, while 300 mW rating suits it for operating memory-in-pixel LCD. Designed for integration into mobile device housings, panel includes interfaces for avoiding EMI as well as double wiring of cells that maximizes fuel efficiency.

Original Press Release:

Solar Power - to Go

Sharp is entering the market for small photovoltaic components and is setting new standards right from the start with a highly efficient solar panel for mobile applications.

Hamburg - With an output rating of 300 mW on an area of only 27.7 cm², the new LR0GC02 solar panel is one of the leading photovoltaic components when it comes to efficiency. With a thickness of only 0.8 mm, it is also the thinnest photo cell currently available on the market. Sharp is thus setting new standards right from the outset as it enters the market for photovoltaic components.

With a total of ten cells, the LR0GC02 solar panel produces an output voltage of 5 V at a maximum of 60 mA. The cells made of polycrystalline silicon thus achieve an efficiency of 12.8 percent. In contrast, a conventional amorphous cell is only around half as efficient. The LR0GC02 panel's output rating of a maximum of 300 mW is already sufficient to operate a memory-in-pixel LCD, also recently presented by Sharp, plus relevant driver components as a stand-alone unit without additional power supply. This innovative type of LCD requires less than a hundredth of the power of conventional liquid crystal displays of comparable size. In combination, memory-in-pixel LCDs and the new solar panel offer the ideal basis for innovative, network-independent devices such as so-called 'smart metres' - thermometres and sensors for home automation systems - and for GPS-assisted bicycle computers, pulse metres etc.

The LR0GC02 PV panel can be easily integrated into the housings of mobile devices, thanks to its compact dimensions of 41 x 67.5 mm and, above all, its minimal thickness of 0.8 mm. To avoid electromagnetic interference, the panel has special interfaces for system integration - particularly important for devices with wireless data transmission. The cell only supports the measures necessary for the overall device; the solar panel itself does not give off any radiation.

With conventional solar cells, the high mechanical loads in mobile applications often result in cell fractures and thus substantial drops in output. With the Sharp panel, a double wiring of the cells ensures full efficiency, even in the event of a cell fracture.

The solar panel from Sharp is therefore not only suited to supporting the power supply of mobile telephones such as the SH002 from Sharp. The operation time of laptops, industry handhelds and portable test and measurement equipment can also be extended with the aid of Sharp photovoltaic components. Simple applications such as LED street lamps can even be run as completely self-sufficient units via solar power.

Over the next year, Sharp is aiming to gradually expand its portfolio of photovoltaic components in order to cover the broad spectrum of mobile applications. An even more compact 5 V panel with 130 mW output is planned for the first quarter of 2010. This is also to be followed in the first half of the coming year by types with 0.5 V and 1 V output voltage in output levels of 30, 60 and 300 mW.


Samples of the LR0GC02 solar panel are available via the sales offices of Sharp Microelectronics and distribution partners in Europe with immediate effect. Series production has already started.

Model LR0GC02
Output voltage 5 V
Output rating (max.) 300 mW
Cells 10 / serial / polycrystalline silicon
Efficiency ratio 12.8%
Dimensions 41 x 67.5 x 0.8 mm
Weight 4.3 g
Special features Interfaces to avoid EMI

Sharp Microelectronics Europe

Service hotline: +49 (0)180 507 35 07 (0.14 Euros/min. from the fixed network of DTAG.) Service e-mail: info.sme@sharp.eu

The availability of the products and components mentioned in this press release is restricted to the European markets. For availability of these products and components outside Europe, please check with the Sharp Device Sales Offices in the respective markets.

About Sharp Microelectronics Europe

Sharp Microelectronics Europe, Hamburg, Germany, is a divisional company of Sharp Electronics (Europe) GmbH, which is a subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, Osaka, Japan. Sharp is a worldwide developer of core digital technologies shaping the next generation of electronic applications and products. With a portfolio of more than 2,000 components in the ranges of TFT LCDs in screen sizes up to 108 inches, high brightness white and colour LEDs, optoelectronics, CCD and CMOS camera sensors, photovoltaic components, RF-, IC- und LSI-components as well as advanced packaging and integration skills, Sharp Microelectronics Europe offers groundbreaking solutions in particular for applications in automotive electronics, mobile / communications technology, industrial automation, TV- and consumer electronics, e-signage and LED based lighting technology. Sharp is dedicated to the improvement of people's lives and environmental protection through the use of advanced technologies. Technology and product development at Sharp is strongly determined by innovation, quality, usability and saving of resources.

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Sharp Microelectronics Europe

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20097 Hamburg

Phone: +49 (040)/2376-2487

Fax: +49 (0)40/2376-15-2487

E-mail: press.sme@sharp.eu

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