The first solar cells made with mitsubishi Chemical Fiber will be on the market by the end of the year, and it could be a year before they’re ready for use, according to Mitsubishi.
“It’s been a very long journey, and we are very excited to be able to finally share this news,” said Toshihiko Ueda, chief technology officer of Mitsubashi Chemical Fiber.
“We’ve been working for years to bring this technology to market and we’re now at a point where we can finally make this happen.”
The company is also announcing that it will launch its first solar-powered washing machine, the Mitsubishis Kiyohana, in Japan this fall.
The Kiyoha, which retails for ¥1,200 ($270) on a new order of 200, will also be available in other countries including Canada and the United States.