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Trina Solar's State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology Receives Ministry Accreditation

published: 2013-11-12 10:17

Trina Solar Limited, a global enterprise in photovoltaic modules, solutions and services, announced on November 11th that the Company's State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology has received accreditation from China's Ministry of Science and Technology.

The laboratory, covering 15,000 square metres and located within the Changzhou Trina PV Industrial Park, will be a national platform for driving PV technological development in China. Its mandate includes research into PV materials, cell and module technologies, and system level performance. The facility will also bring together technical capabilities from the Company's strategic partners, including customers and key PV component suppliers, as well as universities and research institutions. The facility aims to continue to improve the energy conversion efficiency, durability and ease of installation of PV modules, and to advance the sector as a whole.

The plan to establish the laboratory was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2010, and has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a case study illustrating how corporates and government can collaborate to promote, support and invest in innovation and technological development. The facility also received independent accreditation as a CTDP (Client Test Data Program) testing centre by Underwriters Laboratories ("UL") in 2012.

The facility, staffed by international leading talents from China, the US, Japan, Australia and other countries, has successfully collaborated with a range of industry and academic partners, and has participated in the establishment of 27 industry standards. Furthermore before accreditation was received, the company had applied for 910 patents of which 423 are inventions, continuing Trina Solar's position as the industry leader in indigenous IP applications.

Through the scientific research undertaken at the State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology, Trina Solar hopes to promote the positive development of the solar industry. As one example, the facility developed and successfully launched the pilot commercial production of Trina Solar's P-type crystallized-silicon Honey Ultra modules, achieving solar cell efficiency of 20.54 percent. The polycrystalline modules developed based on the Honey cell technology set world records in polycrystalline silicon module output power in both 2011 and 2012, helping to consolidate Trina Solar's leading position in the PV industry. In March 2013, the facility achieved mass production for a new range of BIPV components featuring high reliability, long life expectancy and easy installation. The laboratory's research achievements into cells with high performance to price ratios, efficiency levels and reliability can be seen across a range of different metrics.

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