China’s Ministry of Science and Technology has awarded accreditation to Trina Solar’s State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology. Trina Solar announced the news and stated that the laboratory will be “a national platform for driving PV technological development in China”. The laboratory researches PV materials, cell and module technologies and system level performance.
Last year the Chinese module manufacturer used the laboratory to successfully develop and launch pilot commercial production of its P-type crystallised silicon Honey Ultra modules, which have a solar cell efficiency of 20.54%.
State Key Laboratories are a number of learning institutions in China receiving assistance from the government including funding and administrative support. The Trina Solar facility was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2010 and has since been selected by the World Economic Forum to demonstrate how promotion, support, investment and technological development can be based on a partnership between corporate and government interests.
The lab covers 1.5 hectares of Changzhou Trina Industrial Park, and has been involved in establishing 27 industrial standards. From the laboratory, Trina Solar has also applied for 910 patents, including 423 inventions. In March this year the firm engineered and began mass production of a range of building integrated PV (BIPV) components from the State Key Laboratory.
Trina Solar boasts that the facility allows the company to bring in technical capabilities from strategic partners, including government, learning institutions, customers and suppliers. Its remit includes continuing to work to improve cell conversion efficiencies, the ease of installing PV and the durability of modules and installations.
Commenting on news of the accreditation, Trina Solar chairman and chief executive officer Jifan Gao, said: “This demonstrates government recognition for Trina Solar's achievements since the inception of our PV laboratory. It further demonstrates Trina Solar's capabilities and competency to undertake national and international PV research projects… We remain committed to investing in innovation and R&D to promote the on-going development of China's solar industry. As a State Key Laboratory, this facility provides a more powerful platform for technical innovation, which we intend to leverage to further boost innovation, develop unique products, localise core technologies and equipment, decrease operating costs and improve competitiveness.”
Gao added that the company wanted to use the lab’s work to contribute to the promulgation of the use of solar energy at a lower price worldwide.