New Product: Trina Solar offers multi-crystalline modules for utility-scale applications

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Product Briefing Outline: Trina Solar is launching its new utility-scale solar module ‘TSM-PC14,’ which is Trina Solar's most powerful module to date and is targeted to be available for sale in the European and North American markets in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Problem: Utility-scale PV power plants have traditionally selected some of the highest output modules to ensure the maximum ROI. However, mono-crystalline modules are more expensive and often in short supply compared to multi-crystalline products. There is a need for high-performing multi-crystalline modules above 230 watts to be used for large-scale projects but offer lower upfront purchase cost.

Solution: With expected power output targets ranging from 265 to 290 watts. Low power tolerance of +3% helps higher output power is achieved by reducing module string mismatch losses with a 72 cell (156 x 156 mm (6.1 x 6.1 in) arrangement. A 3 Bus Bar design significantly improves power output as well as long-term performance and reliability. The use of highly transparent, low-iron, and tempered glass and antireflective coating increases energy yield. The large high-wattage modules are designed specifically for utility-scale installations and large scale, ground mounted systems. Equipped with high-efficiency multi-crystalline cells, the TSM-PC14 is larger than conventional modules, which reduces the number of modules required for a given installation therefore reducing overall installations costs.

Applications: A wide variety of applications ranging from commercial and industrial installations to utility-scale facilities.

Platform: All modules designed and manufactured in China at an ISO 9001 certified factory. Anodized aluminum frame improves load resistance capabilities for heavy wind loads. The module technology ensures there are no problems of water freezing and warping. The panel comes with a 25-year performance guarantee of 80% power production. Cell efficiencies are up to 17.03% with modules efficiencies of up to 14.95%. TÜV Certified, MC4 connector. Dimensions (AxBxC): 1956 x 992 x 46mm
Weight: 28kg. New eco-friendly packaging minimizes cardboard waste and requires less transportation and storage space.

Availability: European and North American markets in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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