Trina Solar’s frameless glass/glass ‘PDG5’ modules have received the new International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61730-2 standard certification with Class A Fire Safety from TUV Rheinland.
The company said that it was the first manufacturer in Asia to have gained the certification. The PDG5 modules (240-255W) have a 15.1% max module efficiency, according to the company.
“This certification is an important step forward in ensuring the highest level of safety and quality in the solar industry,” said Matthias Heinze, VP of Solar and Fuelcell Technology at TUV Rheinland Group. “Both TUV and Trina Solar are dedicated to progressing the most advanced and informative standards in the industry and we look forward to continuing to work together as partners in the future.”
“This new fire safety certificate from the TUV Rheinland Group continues the Company's commitment to driving higher standards in the PV industry through close collaboration with our partners,” said Zhiguo Zhu, President of Trina Solar's Module Business Unit.
Glass/glass modules are known to provide increased resistance to an array of potential degradation effects compared to conventional modules using a protective backsheet on the backside of the modules. However, cost and weight issues have previously limited wider adoption.