Product Briefing Outline: Trina Solar has announced it will be manufacturing a high performance monocrystalline module ‘TSM-DC80,’ which uses ‘Quad Max’ technology, primarily targeting the rooftop and small scale ground-mounted systems market segments.
Problem: The product's square shape allows the monocrystalline cell to harvest more sunlight by avoiding surface area loss typical with conventional octagon-shaped cells.
Solution: The TSM-DC80 features high efficiency, square-shaped monocrystalline cells with 'Quad Max' technology, and is expected to boost module power output by up to 8% when compared with conventional monocrystalline modules. The 72-cell premium module is also expected to have a maximum power output of over 200W, making them potentially popular for rooftop PV applications, including residential installations where a high power-to-space ratio is a priority. Trina Solar developed Quad Max technology using innovative manufacturing processes and proprietary, state-of-the-art metallization and passivation techniques, which have allowed Quad Max cells to yield conversion efficiencies of up to 18.8% in test laboratory production.
Applications: Rooftop and small scale ground-mounted systems.
Platform: Modules are expected to conform to IEC61215 and Safety Class II IEC61730 & UL1703 electrical and quality standards. Modules are UL1703 safety rated for high wind pressure, hail impact, snow load and fire. Integrated bypass diodes to protect the solar cell circuit from hot spots during partial shadowing.
Availability: Planned to be available for sale in Europe and North America in the first quarter of 2011.