Innovation

 

Through a commitment to innovative research and development, Trina Solar continues to set industry standards and benchmarks for performance and sustainability. We have been responsible for a number of global breakthroughs, having set fifteen world records for silicon cell efficiency and solar module power output since 2011.

Trina was the first company to receive Client Test Data Program (CTDP) certification from UL, allowing us to conduct cutting-edge research reliably on campus.

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Trina Solar Broke 16 World Records Since 2011
20.16%
Multi-crystalline Silicon PERC Cells, July 2016
21.1%
Average Efficiency for Industrially-produced Monocrystalline PERC Cells,July 2016
24.13%
Large-area Interdigitated Back Contact Silicon Solar Cell, May 2017

Research and development

With robust and rigorous R&D, Trina Solar has been hard at work and our rapid rate of innovation has led to more than 1350 photovoltaic patents filed, with 784 patents approved.

Optimizing efficiency

Trina continues to advance efficiency boundaries, with both p-type monocrystalline and p-type multicrystalline cell conversion efficiencies reaching a respective 22.61 percent and 21.25 percent respectively in the laboratory. Through technological innovation, we plan to continue breaking records and driving even higher efficiencies. 

Our research hub

Our state-of-the-art research and development facility, the State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology acts as a hub for fostering innovation through partnerships with leading universities and research institutions. Together we explore promising PV materials, cell and module technologies, and improve system level performance.

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Meet our chief scientist

Dr. Pierre Verlinden - Chief Scientist and Vice-Chair of the State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology at Trina Solar.

Dr. Verlinden has more than 35 years of experience in PV technology research, development, manufacturing and commercialization. His expertise in PV technology began in 1979, first as an early developer of IBC silicon solar cells at the university of Louvain, Belgium and Stanford University, California.

R&D partnerships

Trina’s State Key Laboratory for PV Science and Technology  ranks as one of the most advanced PV research center for the invention and innovation of applied technology in solar power. The lab has welcomed research collaboration and partnerships with other leading technology and science centers to create cutting-edge solar solutions and products.
 

Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore

Together, we collaborated on the development of a back contact solar cell. We are targeting 21.5 percent production cell efficiency, and up to 23.5 percent laboratory test cell efficiency within 3 years.

Australian National University

Working with ANU, we have achieved 24.4 percent maximum conversion efficiency in the laboratory for n-type mono c-Si IBC cells. Small-scale pilot production can currently reach a maximum conversion efficiency of 21 percent, and engineers are currently manufacturing the corresponding mass production line.

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Trina Solar has taken a guest lectureship of PV specialization training program and cooperated on doctorate-level photovoltaic research.