Trina Solar’s new production plant in Thái Nguyên, Vietnam, officially entered operation and produced its first batch of PV modules in late May. Spanning an area of 17ha, the plant is capable of producing 3GW of PV cells and 4.5GW of PV modules annually. In terms of value, the plant is projected to generate US$1.2 billion annually. The construction of the plant began in December 2020, and Trina said it had to overcome challenges such as the establishment of a COVID-19 prevention procedure and the need to conform with local regulations. The construction, along with equipment installation and calibration, was finally completed in May 2021.
According to reporting by other media outlets, the plant in Thái Nguyên is Trina’s first plant outside China that manufactures cells using 210mm wafers. The first batch of 550W modules belonging to the Vertex Series rolled off from the plant on May 15. The Vertex Series from Trina features square mono-Si PERC cells made from 210mm wafers and multi-busbar. Trina is also manufacturing 400MW, 500MW, 670MW modules under the Vertex Series in Vietnam.
Trina said that as its first mega plant outside China that uses 210mm wafers, the plant in Thái Nguyên will help expand the supply of the Vertex modules to overseas markets where there is increasing demand for high-efficiency and high-quality PV products. With the plant, Trina will also be able to further enhance the global influence of its brand name and its market competitiveness.
Trina noted that it is one of the first brands in the solar PV sector to establish production bases for high-efficiency and high-output products. Building up the production capacity for the most cutting-edge cells and modules in Vietnam will strengthen its leading position in the industry and further internationalize its operations.
Presently, China and Vietnam are the only two countries with the production capacity for Trina’s Vertex Series (i.e., cells and modules that use 210mm wafers). In China, the production capacity for the Vertex Series is distributed across Changzhou, Yancheng, Suqian, and Yiwu. Trina’s global production capacity for modules is projected to exceed 50GW by the end of 2021.