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Solar Energy, Storage, Electricity Distribution & Projections

19 June 2019
Solar Energy, Storage, Electricity Distribution & Projections

Past: It has been an incredible journey for Solar PV industry during the last decade.

Tender Tracker: Insights Into 1200 MW SECI Auction Results ISTS IV

14 June 2019
Tender Tracker: Insights Into 1200 MW SECI Auction Results ISTS IV

The recent tender auctions of 1200 MW by SECI saw an active participation from 6 developers. Ayana Renewable (CDC), Renew, Azure & Mahindra Susten won the entire bidded capacity. Avaada Energy won 50MW of the 350MW bidded capacity. Company Name Status Bid Capacity Awarded Capacity Quoted Tariff...

India Solar Policy Update - May 2019

12 June 2019
India Solar Policy Update - May 2019

Below is SolarQuarter's brief analysis of the latest updates on solar regulations & policies from various states in India.

Pooled Structures And InvITs To Boost Market Access For Developers

12 June 2019
Pooled Structures And InvITs To Boost Market Access For Developers

Nuanced structures in pooling of assets such as obligor/co-obligor or Infrastructure Investment Trust would propel refinancing of the infrastructure assets, says India Ratings and Research.

India Solar Policy Update - April 2019

13 May 2019

Below is SolarQuarter's brief analysis of the latest updates on solar regulations & policies from various states in India.

Solar Energy: The Perfect Match For EVs

06 May 2019
Solar Energy: The Perfect Match For EVs

EVs and Solar as a supporting source of power. Recently there has been much hype around EVs what with the Indian government pledging to replace petrol and diesel cars with EVs by 2030.

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Trina Solar Blazes Trail Toward 400W+ Solar Modules

Trina Solar is excited to announce the development of 400 watt-plus (400W+) modules for utility-scale customers. The 400W+ milestone is a major one in the solar industry, representing a significant increase in power density over existing technologies. This added density will help mitigate a common constraint on utility projects, namely the size of their given land areas, by generating more power within a smaller space.

What to look forward to from Trina Solar's 400W+ solution

While development is still ongoing, the final product will be based on half-cut multi-busbar technology, instead of a five-busbar design. The half-cut technology uses a textured 158 mm-squared cell cut in half to help improve performance during low irradiance, leading to a longer day of power generation from a utility installation. It reduces the amount of energy lost to shading between modules, harnesses Light Redirecting Film to capture more power, and works well even at high operating temperatures, thanks to low thermal coefficients.

The module itself is slightly larger has the same approximate overall weight as current technology. Many of the familiar specifications of existing Trina Solar solutions should also carry over to the new 400W+ offering, including its:

  • Pascal rating to withstand from severe snow and wind loads.
  • Potential induced degradation (aka PID) indicating possible loss from stray currents.
  • 72 Mono Perc cells and 3.2mm glass used for lighter weight and easier installations.
  • Warranties – 10 years for the product and 25 years for linear power. 

Voltage will likely be certified at 1500 volts, keeping the balance of system costs down and deliver superior cost of electricity by source/LCOE. Eventual efficiency for the 400W+ module should approach 20 percent. The 400W+ module's performance represents a 10 to 15 percent improvement over current Trina products with wattage ranges in the mid-to-high 300s.

Trina utility customers will get more than a significant jump in wattage, though. Once the 400W+ module is available, they'll also benefit from enhanced module reliability. Trina will conduct internal tests that go above and beyond the certification authorities' inspections for snow and wind loads along with PID resistance.

What happens next with 400W+ solar technology?

Trina expects that RFPs for utility-scale solar projects will be able to incorporate 400W+ modules sometime in the 2019 to 2022 window, although this timeline is still subject to change pending product development. Expect subsequent updates and announcements clarifying the final technical specifications.  

In the meantime, be sure to visit our team at Solar Power International (SPI) 2018. For this year's SPI, we'll be presenting a variety of current and upcoming Trina Solar products, including TrinaPro, TrinaHome, and TrinaBess. We look forward to seeing you at SPI 2018 and to talking more about our 400W+ offerings there and in the future

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