Trina Solar’s State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China announced that it has set a new world record for high efficiency p-type multi-crystalline silicon PV modules. The latest record reaches 19.14% with an aperture area of 1.515 m^2.
Trina Solar's Honey Plus multi-crystalline silicon module’s new module efficiency record has been independently confirmed by the National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic Product Quality (CPVT) in Wuxi, China. This result is a new world record for a multi-crystalline silicon module composed of 60 high-efficiency Honey Plus multi-crystalline silicon cells (156×156mm2), fabricated with advanced technologies including back surface passivation, local back surface field and half-cell module technologies developed by Trina Solar. The multi-crystalline Honey Plus solar cells, the brand name for Trina's PERC solar cells, are now in mass production. The half-cell module technology is not currently part of the Honey Plus products, but will be incorporated at a later date.
"To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that a multi-crystalline Silicon PV module reaches an efficiency higher than 19%,” said Dr. Pierre Verlinden, Vice-President and Chief Scientist of Trina Solar. “It demonstrates that multi-crystalline Silicon PV modules can reach an efficiency level that was reserved to the most efficient solar cells before, such as mono-crystalline IBC or heterojunction cells."