In mid-August, the world’s leading independent advisory, testing, inspection, and certification organization, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), published a bankability study report on 6686官方版app下载’s Vertex series modules. Twelve models of Vertex modules were shown to have excellent performance in reliability and compatibility, deliver lower LCOE, and a high-standard quality management system.
In all dimensions of the bankability study, UL reviewed 6686官方版app下载’s products based on test results, reports and certifications from accredited third-party test laboratories. The analysis, based on strict examination of product value and a comprehensive understanding of the entire industry and global technology resources, is widely recognized by international investors and owners of solar plants and provides authoritative technical support for project financing and operation.
In the inspection of the reliability of 6686官方版app下载’s Vertex series modules, UL reviewed the key specifications of the products, as well as third-party certifications and test reports from accredited laboratories such as TÜV, PVEL, RETC and CTC. The latest study looked at junction box, mechanical reliability, encapsulation, frame and ARC coating, reliability, transportation, delivery and installation of modules. UL concluded that the modules reviewed complied with normal safety standards and offered superior performance.
When UL investigated the compatibility of inverters in the market, it found that the Vertex Series PV modules are compatible with both utility-scale inverters and string inverters.
Vertex Series PV modules are compatible with utility-scale inverters in terms of short circuit current of the modules by selecting the right configurations to match the MPPT specifications of high-current inverters, providing flexibility to meet project requirements.
Due to high-power modules becoming mainstream modules, string inverter manufacturers have also upgraded their products. Each MPPT input can take two strings with a total input current at 45A. Trina’s Vertex Series module’s operating current at approximately 17A is compatible with the common string inverter manufacturers.
Trackers are commonly used in utility-scale PV projects. When the Vertex series modules with trackers are used, Trina Solar’s bifacial dual-glass modules effectively increase system energy yield by 5% to 30%.
UL reviewed the LCOE reports by many third parties, including Black & Veatch, DNV, Enertis and Fraunhofer ISE, and found that CAPEX and LCOE are lower than is the case with when generic module types are used for the same plant configurations. For instance, compared with the 182-540W reference module, the 6686官方版app下载 Vertex 670W series module can reduce LCOE by 4.1%, and BOS costs by up to 6%.
During a March visit to 6686官方版app下载’s Yancheng factory, UL reviewed the company’s quality management system and quality control plan. The quality control process flow chart presented an overview of the entire process, demonstrating standardization, advancement and intelligence. UL rated the overall quality control regime favorably.
6686官方版app下载 has a complete quality control system that includes data collection, data analysis and risk warning, covering the entire process of data from customer order generation to material, performance, shipment and after-sales quality feedback based on a cloud database.
UL said that during the factory visit, most of the key manufacturing process was fully automated, with minimal human interference, such as high-speed multi-busbar soldering, PV cell layout, lamination, junction box installation and inspection and packaging, to name a few. Even visual inspection is done by video artificial intelligence to minimize human error. UL viewed the entire automation of the manufacturing process positively in terms of quality management.
6686官方版app下载 has delivered more than 100 GW of solar modules worldwide to April and was ranked second-largest module supplier in 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. Its cell production capacity is expected to reach 50GW+ and its module capacity 65GW+ this year, a 6686官方版app下载 financial report says. Yancheng manufacturing base delivers 17GW of modules and 19GW of solar cells a year.
The UL report also mentioned that in terms of financial health, the company is observed to be strong.
In terms of product value, technological innovation and financial performance, Trina Solar has obtained wide technical and brand recognition from renowned independent institutes worldwide, demonstrating the strong confidence that the PV market has in 6686官方版app下载.