Dr Katsumi KUSHIYA

Dr Katsumi KUSHIYA

Fellow, Charge of Intellectual Property Strategy, General Manager
Solar Frontier K.K., Japan

Biography

He joined Showa Oil Co. on April, 1978 and started his career as a mechanical engineer in the Yokkaichi refinery, Showa Yokkaichi Sekiyu K.K. He engaged in the PV business as a system engineer in October, 1985. He is the initiator of CIS-based thin-film PV technology in Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., which is a parent company of Solar Frontier K.K. Since 1988 including the period from 1988 to 1991 as a visiting researcher in the CIS R&D group of ARCO Solar, Inc. (then, Siemens Solar Industries) and through the NEDO Solar-PV R&D projects started in FY1993 involved as a project leader, he is the main person who has developed the manufacturing technology of CIS-based thin-film PV modules transferred successfully to the commercialization in Solar Frontier K.K.