Trina Solar has announced its new Honey Ultra module, which the company claims sets a new record for p-type monocrystalline silicon modules. Tests for the module were run by certification institution TUV Rheinland.
The module is a continuation of Trina Solar’s Honey line and is made with 60 high-efficiency Honey Ultra monocrystalline silicon cells that measure 156 mm by 156 mm. It was developed in the company’s State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology. According to a company statement, TUV Rheinland tested the module at 326.3 W, breaking the previous record of 284.7 W held by the first generation of Honey modules. The undertaking is currently in pilot production.
Zhiqiang Feng, VP of Trina Solar and director of the State Key Lab of PV Science and Technology, said, "As an advanced research and development facility, our State Key Lab of PV Science and Technology enables us to execute on our commitment to the commercialization of new high-efficiency solar cells and highly reliable modules. In recent years, the company has successfully researched and developed new intellectual properties in the form of a series of innovative technologies and high quality products, and has successfully maintained its leading position in patent applications and grants. As a result, Trina Solar remains at the forefront of technological innovations in the solar industry."
The development is continued good news for Trina Solar, which recently broke into IHS’s rankings for crystalline silicon producers. Writing in March, pv magazine‘s editor-in-chief Hans-Christoph Neidlein said, Last year the company produced, according to IHS, wafers with a nominal capacity of 1.09 GW for internal requirements, and thus had a production utilization of over 90%. Analyst de Haan, however, expects that in future Trina will concentrate more on expanding its module and cell production capabilities and thus will buy in more wafers than previously due to greater demand. In 2013 Jinko Solar produced 1,024 GW of wafers, according to IHS, which corresponds to a production utilization of nearly 70%. This put the vertically integrated module manufacturer in tenth place in the rankings. Jinko Solar also manufactures only to its own requirements. In future de Haan assumes that Jinko will increasingly buy in more wafers in order to operate their own expanding module production in emerging markets."
TUV Rheinland’s role in testing the Honey Ultra module marks for the second time in a week that the company had earned a mention in pv magazine. It was reported exactly a week ago that the company was teaming with fellow German giant DB Schenker to implement a new logistics and testing system for modules. That system was the fruit of extensive, year-long testing on how modules were shipped from China to Germany.