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High power heads to the rooftop

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As larger, heavier and more powerful modules have dominated the past year’s new product announcements, ‘what about the rooftop segment?’ has become an increasingly common question. In this pv magazine Webinar, hosted in partnership with Trina Solar, we’ll take a look at the company’s new Vertex S series modules, designed for rooftop projects. Rated up to 405 W, the module promises higher energy yields than earlier products, without the added size and weight of new large-scale products. We’ll hear from Trina about the technologies contained within the module, and its work to ensure compatibility with balance-of-systems. Experienced engineers in rooftop PV evaluate the implications of designing systems with this module. We will also throw light on it from a wholesaler perspective and the strategic placement of the product in the diversified markets of Europe.


High power heads to the rooftop

The latest generation of 600 W+ modules is widely seen as too heavy and unwieldy for use in rooftop projects. But this doesn’t have to mean that the entire segment is left out of the latest round of technology upgrades, unable to see the benefits of larger wafer formats and new cell interconnection strategies.

In this pv magazine Webinar, produced in partnership with Trina Solar, we’ll take a closer look at the company’s latest offering, the Vertex S series. Following the launch of its Vertex modules designed for large-scale projects earlier this year, Trina is now bringing the benefits of the 210mm wafer format to commercial and residential rooftop projects.

The Vertex S series incorporates 120 1/3cut mono PERC cells, reaching power ratings up to 405 W. And weighing just over 20 kg, the module is designed with existing balance-of-systems solutions in mind and should prove beneficial to performance without disruptions to system design or difficulties in installation.

We’ll hear first from Klaus Hofmeister, Product Marketing Manager at Trina Solar. He will take us through the inner workings of the Vertex S module and the benefits of bringing 210mm cell technology to both residential and commercial rooftop projects. And he’ll also discuss Trina’s work to ensure compatibility with existing BoS approaches, and the company’s plans to roll out the product commercially.

Following on from Klaus we will have a presentation from Aymeric Barret, Technical Director of Skyray Engineering. He will discuss, with the benefit of years of experience in rooftop PV, how new modules like Trina’s will influence system design and energy yield. And to close off the presentations, we’ll have Andreas Reischl of Baywa r.e. to discuss the rooftop PV market across Europe from a wholesaler’s perspective, and offer his insight into how the appearance of new modules like the Vertex S might influence this.

pv magazine Webinar content

  • Why 210mm wafers will be the future industry standard
  • Introducing the Vertex S Series
  • BoS compatibility and improved system performance
  • Influence on rooftop system design
  • Layout and designing array
  • Electrical configuration
  • Mounting systems & compatibility
  • New module technology and European rooftop markets
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Mark Hutchins from pv magazine will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.


Klaus Hofmeister, Product Marketing Manager | Trina Solar

Aymeric Barret, Technical Director | Skyray Engineering

Aymeric has worked in the solar industry for more than 11 years, on projects spanning three continents. He works on the design, construction, optimization, and management of solar assets.

Andreas Reischl, Product Manager | Baywa r.e

Andreas Reischl has been with BayWa r.e since 2012. He has worked in PV since 2008, with an equipment supplier for cell production. Before that, he worked in high energy nuclear physics in Amsterdam, Hamburg and Heidelberg.


Mark Hutchins | Magazine Director, pv magazine

Mark Hutchins joined pv magazine as production editor for our monthly global title in September 2016. He also reports on upstream technology and markets, and new and emerging solar regions for both print and online. Mark has experience in copywriting, music journalism and the fast-paced world of startups.

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