The world’s eight leading photovoltaic tracker makers – Arctech Solar, Array Technologies, GameChange Solar, IDEEMATEC, Nextracker, PVH, Soltec, TrinaTracker – have issued compatibility approvals for 210 Ultra-High Power solar modules, significantly promoting industry collaboration to further reduce levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and thus accelerate the pace of entry into an era of grid parity.
The 210 Ultra-High Power solar modules refers to modules that incorporate 210mm diameter solar cells.
The eight companies are as follows (in alphabetical order):
|Company Name||Brand/Product Type||Module Compatibility||Time of Approval|
|Arctech Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.||Skyline/Skysmart II||210 modules||Q1, 2020|
|Array Technologies Inc.||DuraTrack HZ v3||210 modules||Q1, 2021|
|GameChange Solar LP||GENIUS TRACKER™ 1P/ GENIUS TRACKER™ 2P||210 modules||Q1, 2021|
|IDEEMATEC Deutschland GmbH||H4PLUS ™||210 modules||Q3, 2020|
|Nextracker Inc.||Nextracker products||210 modules||Q4, 2020|
|PV HARDWARE SOLUTIONS, S.L.U||Monoline™ (all its versions 1V, 3H and 2V); Multi-row: Axone™, Axone Duo™)||210 modules||Q1, 2021|
|SOLTEC ENERGIAS RENOVABLES S.L.||SF7 & SF8||210 modules||Q1, 2021|
|Trina Solar Co., Ltd.||TrinaTracker (Vanguard™/Agile™)||210 modules||Q2, 2020|
The tracker and module compatibility approvals from these global leaders in the tracker field, demonstrate their recognition of the 210 modules’ high value and strong support in terms of comprehensive collaboration to facilitate grid parity globally. On the other hand, the compatibility with ultra-high power modules will also raise the tracker’s system value and contribute to reducing costs in various scenarios.
Specifically, modules with low voltage design can realize a longer string, thereby reducing the number of strings and the cost of PV DC cables. This reduces the LCOE, highlighting the power generation gains and cost advantages of high-power modules. In addition, low voltage modules facilitate land reduction in system design, consequently reducing balance of system (BOS) cost. Ultimately, the combination of the 600W+ trackers and modules achieves high power generation, low system costs and minimized system loss.
Apart from increasing system value, the compatibility of trackers with 210 ultra-high-power modules deepens industrial win-win cooperation.
Trina Solar released its first 210 modules about one year ago, signaling a new era in the industry. Then in June 2020, industry-leading makers of: silicon wafers, cells, modules, inverters, tracker systems, materials as well as design institutes, professional research institutions, EPCs (engineering, procurement and construction firms) and power plants; jointly established the 600W+ Photovoltaic Open Innovation Ecological Alliance that now has more than 66 members. Followed by recent full product launches by top inverter manufacturers such as Huawei, Sungrow, Sineng, SMA and others that support 210 modules. (https://www.trinasolar.com/en-glb/resources/newsroom/maworlds leading-photovoltaic-inverter-brands-launch-products-compatible-210) The upstream and downstream collaboration mechanism of the industrial chain was thus formed.
Compatibility of trackers is another industry-wide strategic move that advances the application of 210 ultra-high-power module products on the system side. As the important links in the photovoltaic industry chain, inverters and trackers’ entrance into the 210 era signify the more seamless 210 industry chain collaboration, more mature PV ecological system and remarkable customer values.