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3 November 2016 2016 10:54 AM GMT

Trina Solar Sets New World Record For PV Solar Module Efficiency

Trina Solar Limited has announced that its State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China has set a new world record of 19.86% aperture efficiency for its high-efficiency “Honey Plus” multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) solar module, which contains 120 pieces of P-type mc-Si solar cells (156x78mm2). The result has been independently verified by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab in Germany.

The record-breaking solar module, using the Company’s independently developed high-performance mc-Si wafers with a high minority carrier lifetime, is manufactured with a number of advanced in-house technologies including half-cell interconnection, passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) technology and highly efficient light trapping. Following the previous efficiency record of 19.14% on a 1.515m2 aperture-area announced in April 2015, the SKL PVST successfully achieved a new aperture-area efficiency record of 19.86% on a module area of 1.514m2 within one year and a half. The new record represents an increase of more than 0.7 percentage points, or approximately 3.8% higher.

“We are delighted to announce the latest achievement from our research team at the SKL PVST. The efficiency of PV modules is one of the key parameters to estimate the final Levelised Cost of solar Electricity (LCOE). This 19.86% aperture efficiency result thatTrina Solar achieved demonstrates the huge potential for future multicrystalline p-type silicon research. It is also a leap forward in the trend of continuous efficiency improvements of crystalline silicon solar modules,” said Dr. Pierre Verlinden, Vice-President and Chief Scientist of Trina Solar. “In the innovation-driven PV industry, Trina Solar is always focused on developing leading-edge PV techniques and products that improve cell efficiency and reduce system cost. By tuning into the needs of the market, we look to achieve commercial success with our innovations.”

Trina Solar Limited is a global leader in photovoltaic modules, solutions, and services. Founded in 1997 as a PV system integrator, Trina Solar today drives smart energy together with installers, distributors, utilities and developers worldwide. The company’s states that it’s industry leading position is based on innovation excellence, superior product quality, vertically integrated capabilities and environmental stewardship.

May 30th 2019
Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

Coal is to shrink to just 11% of global electricity generation by mid-century, from 38% now, as costs shift heavily in favour of wind, solar and batteries. Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 due to reductions in cost. “Cheap battery storage means that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.”

May 29th 2019
Arsenal Unveil Battery Storage System: First Of Its Kind At A UK Football Club

Arsenal Football Club has unveiled a battery storage system (BSS) to store enough energy to run the 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium from kick-off to full time. It follows a unique collaboration with Pivot Power to install a 2MW/2.5MWh lithium ion BSS, with funds managed by Downing LLP. The project, the first of its kind in the UK, will also save club money as it works to support low-carbon plans. The BSS allows Arsenal to avoid peak power prices, buying electricity when it is cheap and storing it for use when prices are high. Typically, energy can cost three times more at peak times than overnight. The installation maintains Arsenal as the leader in sustainability in sport following its commitment to clean energy with Octopus Energy in 2016.

May 30th 2019
EU Approves Ambitious Energy Efficiency Goals, Encourages Clean Energy Feed-In

Europeans will now be entitled to consume, store and sell the renewable energy they produce in line with ambitious targets set by the EU. The targets are to be reviewed by 2023, and can only be raised, not lowered. By making energy more efficient, Europeans will see their energy bills reduced. In addition, Europe will reduce its reliance on external suppliers of oil and gas, improve local air quality and protect the climate. For the first time, member states will also be obliged to establish specific energy efficiency measures to the benefit of those affected by energy poverty. Member states must also ensure that citizens are entitled to generate renewable energy for their own consumption, to store it and to sell excess production.

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