Trina Solar Announces Achievement of 21.1% Average Efficiency for Industrially-Produced Monocrystalline PERC Cells
Trina Solar Limited , a global leader in photovoltaic (“PV”) modules, solutions, and services, recently announced that it has achieved an average efficiency of 21.1% for its industrially-produced P-type monocrystalline cells (156 x 156 mm2) with Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell (“PERC”) technology, and that the solar modules using these high-efficiency cells reached an output power of 300W (60 psc cells). The results, tested by the Company, underscore Trina Solar’s continued leading global position in manufacturing advanced crystalline silicon solar products.
Built with advanced rear passivation technology, the P-type monocrystilline PERC cells were fabricated on a large-size industrial boron-doped Cz-Si substrate and were developed on the Company’s “golden” pilot production line with standard industrial production materials and processes. This is, once again, a major efficiency improvement breakthrough for the industrial monocrystalline PERC cell, demonstrating Trina Solar’s technological strength in converting laboratory technology into mass production.
Dr. Pierre Verlinden, Vice-President and Chief Scientist of Trina Solar, commented, “We are proud of our latest achievement in attaining an average conversion efficiency rate of 21.1% for our monocrystalline PERC cells that were industrially produced by applying our laboratory world record PERC cell technology. We will not stop here as we continue to relentlessly develop low cost yet highly efficient solar products.”
Dr. Zhiqiang Feng, Vice-President of Trina Solar and Director of the State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology, added, “Our goal has always been to focus on technological innovation and to transfer our best laboratory technology to commercial production as we look to develop highly efficient solar products to further reduce the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE). As demand for high-efficiency cells increases, our R&D team’s achievement in raising the average efficiency of our industrially-produced monocrystalline PERC cells will help accelerate the applications of high-efficiency solar products and build a solid foundation for further reductions in the LCOE. These efforts should help bolster the widespread adoption of solar energy on a global scale as well as enable the earlier arrival of grid parity.”