Trina Solar chief scientist Pierre Verlinden announces retirement from firm

Dr. Pierre Verlinden, Trina Solar’s chief scientist and decorated veteran of the solar PV industry, is to retire from the Chinese vertically integrated solar company later this month.

In an email, the scientist wrote that he will be reducing his working hours in order to spend more time with his family. Verlinden’s last day working at Trina Solar’s Changzhou R&D HQ will be February 12, before which time he will return to his home in Australia.

Verlinden has been at the helm of Trina Solar’s R&D department for six years, and has been instrumental in driving solar cell and module efficiencies to new heights.

His work in all areas of cutting-edge cell technology has been pioneering, and Verlinden steps aside from Trina Solar with the company among the leading producers of solar modules globally, and at the forefront of cell innovation, particularly n-type mono-Si interdigitated back contact (IBC) cells.

Verlinden’s PV career spans 39 years, and has taken the scientist from Belgium to Australia, via China and 11 years at SunPower Corporation. The scientist holds 10 patents and has published more than 100 technical papers on solar PV technology.

pv magazine wishes him well.