Trina Solar Chairman Gao Jifan discussed innovations in energy technologies and the development path for the PV industry with international organizations and manufacturers at last week’s BloombergNEF summit in Shanghai.
During the summit, world leading independent PV testing lab PVEL, assessment organization DNV and Nextracker all explored the reasons for Trina Solar’s 100% bankability status, while recognising the performance of the company’s innovative high-power Vertex modules.
Gao stated that PV power generation, energy storage, extra-high voltage and digitization across the energy industry are the four keys to achieving carbon neutrality, and that innovation in photovoltaic technologies is an important pathway. Since 2020, Trina Solar has taken the lead in developing innovative 210 series ultra-high power modules, a new generation of PV products combining high reliability and high power generation. As of the end of June, the modules shipped worldwide by the company are capable of producing 103.95 billion kilowatt hours of clean energy over their lifetime, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by a total of 103.64 million tons, equivalent to the planting of 5.7 billion trees.
Due to the combination of Its brand and product reliability, Trina has now scored 100% in Bloomberg’s bankability survey for six consecutive years, indicating that its modules are more likely to help developers obtain bank financing, with global financial markets and the solar industry itself confident in the reliability and system value of the company’s products.
Tristan Erion Lorico, head of PVEL’s PV module business, confirmed that Trina’s 210mm ultra-high power modules demonstrated excellent reliability in the organisation’s PQP (Product Qualification Program), with MSS and TC testing of its dual-glass bifacial modules resulting in zero micro-cracks, thus addressing one of the main concerns relating to large format modules.
Zhang Yingbin, Trina Solar’s head of product strategy and marketing, gave a detailed presentation on the reliability and power generation performance of the 210 series modules. Trina has, in association with a number of third-party institutions, conducted a series of rigorous tests, including non-uniform snow-load, extreme low-temperature mechanical load, hail, extreme DML and extreme wind tunnel testing, achieving across-the-board validation of the excellent mechanical load reliability of its 600W+ Vertex modules.
For its part, Nextracker has now completed a series of tests with Trina, which have demonstrated the full compatibility of its tracker products with Vertex modules.
Finally, DNV shared the BOS and LCOE advantages of Trina’s high-power modules. Previous calculations conducted by Fraunhofer ISE, Europe’s largest solar research institute, and Enertis, a global independent solar services provider, have indicated that the 600W+ series modules outperform the new generation of ultra-high power modules in terms of system value.