Innovations & Awards
Sharp aims to minimize the environmental impact of our products by continually implementing and improving product technologies, designs and programs aimed at environmental conservation, from the materials used in the manufacturing and packaging of our products, to their transportation, use and safe disposal at the end of their product life.
The Kameyama #2 plant recycles 100 per cent of its wastewater, produces zero landfill waste and one-third of its electrical power is produced in-house through the world’s largest solar power generation system. In October of 2009, Sharp’s opened its newest "Super Green" factory – Sakai – standing twenty-seven times larger than the Toronto's Rogers Centre. Similar to Kameyama, Sakai follows Sharp’s innovative green manufacturing processes, containing a massive solar power installation, the world’s largest fuel cell and features power-saving LED lights.
Solar Electric Systems
- Sharp first began to develop solar cells in 1959 and started commercial production in 1963. Today Sharp is recognized as a world leader in solar cell production.
- With the know-how and technologies gained from many years of experience in this field, Sharp is furthering R&D on a wide variety of solar cell technology and pursuing the potential for still wider use of solar energy.
- New solar cells under research by Sharp include silicon (single-crystal, polycrystalline and thin-film) and concentrators that are expected to lower costs while meeting the burgeoning worldwide demand.
- The Sharp Solar Academy, developed in Japan and now expanding worldwide, is an educational program designed to help school children learn about the environment and global warming issues as well as the importance of renewable energy and recycling.
Business Products, Copiers and Printers
- Sharp copiers and printers are among the industry’s most energy efficient.
- All Sharp models in the present Document Systems and Multifunction Products line are ENERGY STAR® qualified for energy efficiency.
- The organic photoconductive drum unit has an extended life of up to one million pages.
- Sharp fax products require an extremely low power consumption of less than 1W in standby mode.
- High-speed MFPs deliver energy savings through external heat-fusing technology using an external system to heat thin-walled steel fusing rollers.
- The Sharp Toner Recycling Program helps customers collect and recycle toner cartridges for all empty toner cartridges from photocopiers, network printers, and facsimile products. http://www.sharp.ca/support-toner.aspx
- All Sharp Air Purifiers are ENERGY STAR® qualified and are 35% more energy-efficient than standard models.
- Sharp Air Purifiers use lead-free solder on printed circuit boards and are designed for easy disassembly and recycling.
- Sharp Air Purifiers use high efficiency motors, inverter technology, a wide range of fan speeds and air quality sensors to automatically adjust the fan speed to the room conditions, contributing to energy efficiency.