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Shaping the future of PV manufacturing

Recent years have seen silicon wafers, solar cells and PV modules introduced to the market in a range of different sizes, as manufacturers seek cost optimization all along the supply chain. And though this move away from standardized dimensions has caused a few disruptions, the industry is generally keen to realize potential for cost reductions where it exists and has been quick to embrace larger format products. In this pv magazine Webinar, we’ll take a closer look at Trina Solar’s latest innovation, producing rectangular shaped cells that promise to revolutionize the industry by packing more watts into shipping containers and onto rooftops and racking systems, bringing big BOS savings for project owners and developers.


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Shaping the future of PV manufacturing

Since around 2018 the dimensions of silicon wafers and solar cells has crept upward, first to 166mm then to 182mm and 210mm. And module sizes have grown with them, accompanied by dramatic increases in power rating for the new, larger, products.

Uptake of large format modules has been driven by the potential for cost reductions at system level: project designers can fit more watts into a given space. And in shipping as well, more watts can be packed into an individual container, bringing down the overall cost. In this pv magazine Webinar, we take a closer look at a new innovation from Chinese PV manufacturer Trina Solar, which promises to optimize these cost and performance aspects even further, and bring significant cost savings even compared to the latest generation of n-type PV modules based on the 182mm cell format.

Earlier this year at Intersolar Europe, the company introduced its new G12R product, a rectangular cell measuring 182mm x 210mm – the first ever non-square silicon cell on the market, and has integrated this into its Vertex module series for both the rooftop and large-scale segments. Ash Pirzadeh, Regional Product Marketing Manager for the Middle East and Africa at Trina Solar will join the program to take us through cost reductions and increased return-on-investment that these modules promise for all project types, and the role he expects this and other advancements in PV cell and module technology to play in the industry’s future.

We’ll then pan out to the system level, and hear examples from leading power electronics and mounting system suppliers that demonstrate real cost savings when these products are integrated into full PV systems.

pv magazine Webinar contents:

  • Introducing G12R, the first ever rectangular cells
  • Lowering BOS costs in rooftop and large-scale projects
  • The role of new cell dimensions and technologies in the future of PV
  • Power electronics and mounting system integration
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand in the comments window when registering or in the chat during the live webinar. Mark Hutchins, editor at pv magazine, will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine webinar is free of charge.


Ash Pirzadeh | Regional Product Marketing Manager for the Middle East and Africa, Trina Solar

Ash has extensive experience in the world of renewables. He founded a solar consultancy business right before he joined Delta Electronics in Australia in 2014. Since then, he had the chance to work on solar systems, hybrid systems, DC/AC systems and Generators, with numerous midsize and large enterprises and companies all around Oceania and East Asia. Ash holds a Project Management certificate and master’s degree in Electrical engineering from UNSW in Sydney, Australia.

Yunguang Chen | Support Structure Research and Development, Tracker R&D Center

Yunguang Chen is part of the Trina solar Support Structure Research and Development department based in Spain-Navarra RD center. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and he is an expert in Numerical Simulation in Engineering with ANSYS (solid Mechanics Majoring) and Specialist in Contact Nonlinearities branch. Prior joint to Trina solar, Yunguang served as technical manager of the heliostat production line in a Thermal solar plant in China-Hami.

Diaa Eed | Strategic Business Director, Sungrow Middle East

Diaa holds electrical and Electronics Engineering Degree , and MBA , Diaa has more than 12 Years in renewable energy specially PV solar with several PV solar companies .


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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