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Trina Solar Reducing Freight Costs Using Vertical Packing Solution


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Trina Solar, the global photovoltaics and smart energy total solutions provider, has unveiled its integrated delivery solution that is being applied to the delivery of larger format size modules, namely 600W+ Vertex modules. 

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The solution involves packing the modules vertically, rather than horizontally, to maximize the space inside the shipping container. 

This highly reliable solution significantly increases loading power and maritime freight efficiency, reducing freight costs. It also means fewer shipping containers are needed to ship a given quantity of panels, thus reducing CO2 emissions from ocean transport by up to 8%. 

Packaging and transportation solutions for 600W+ modules are critical. Panels delivered to customers need to be packaged, transported, stored, transferred and unpacked before reaching the installation site. 

Innovative vertical packing

Dr Zhang Yingbin, Trina Solar head of product strategy and marketing, says compared with conventional horizontal packing, the new solution can increase loading power by 10% and space utilization by 5%, maximizing the use of containers. 

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“At a time of rising shipping costs, this solution saves 0.3 cents per watt on maritime  freight costs, assuming that a container is fully loaded with 558 modules and each  module is 660W, calculated at the current mainstream price of $10,000 per  container.” The saving could vary due to port freight prices. 

Meanwhile, the CO2 emissions from ocean transport can be reduced by 4-8%. Take the trip from Shanghai port, China to Rotterdam port, Europe as an example. The  Vertex 660W module’s CO2 emission will be about 75kg lower per container; the CO2 emission can be 2,000 tons less every 10GW. 

The vertical packing method has passed the International Safe Transport Association (ISTA) 3E international packaging test, Dr. Zhang says. 

The Qinghai Da Qaidam 112MW PV power plant

Over the past year, 600W+ Vertex modules have proven to be highly reliable and adaptable. Plants equipped with 600W+ modules can be found worldwide, including at the 850 MW super large project in Brazil and the 112MW PV agricultural project in  Da Chaidan in Qinghai, northwestern China. Trina Solar supplies products throughout  China, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Vietnam and elsewhere. It is flexibly adapting its products to a variety of application scenarios such as flat terrain, mountainous terrain, agricultural land and fisheries. 

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About Trina Solar (688599. SH) 

Founded in 1997, Trina Solar is the world leading PV and smart energy total solutions provider. The company engages in PV products R&D, manufacture and sales; PV projects development, EPC, O&M; smart micro-grid and multi-energy complementary systems development and sales, as well as energy cloud-platform operation. In 2018, 

Trina Solar launched its Energy IoT brand, established the Trina Energy IoT Industrial Development Alliance together with leading enterprises and research institutes in China and around the world, and founded the New Energy IoT Industrial Innovation Center. With these actions, Trina Solar is committed to working with its partners to build the energy IoT ecosystem and develop an innovation platform to explore New Energy IoT, as it strives to be a leader in global intelligent energy. In June 2020, Trina Solar was listed on the STAR Market of the Shanghai Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit

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