Trina Solar announces new PV world record: 19.86% aperture efficiency for multi-crystalline silicon PV module

The new PV module efficiency record represents an increase of more than 0.7 percentage points
The new PV module efficiency record represents an increase of more than 0.7 percentage points

Trina Solar Limited (Changzhou, China) on October 18th, 2016 announced that its State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China (SKL PVST) has set a new world record of 19.86% aperture efficiency for its high-efficiency “Honey Plus” multi-crystalline silicon (mc-Si) solar module, which contains 120 pieces of P-type mc-Si solar cells (156x78 mm2).

The result has been independently verified by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab in Germany.

The record-breaking solar PV module, using the Company's independently developed high performance mc-Si wafers with a high minority carrier lifetime, is manufactured with a number of advanced in-house technologies including half-cell interconnection, passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) technology and highly efficient light trapping.

Following the previous efficiency record of 19.14% on a 1.515 m2 aperture-area announced in April 2015, the SKL PVST successfully achieved a new aperture-area efficiency record of 19.86% on a module area of 1.514 m2 within one year and a half.

The new record represents an increase of more than 0.7 percentage points, or approximately 3.8% higher.

“We are very delighted to announce the latest achievement from our research team at the SKL PVST,” said Dr. Pierre Verlinden, Vice-President and Chief Scientist of Trina Solar.

“The efficiency of PV modules is one of the key parameters to estimate the final Levelised Cost of solar Electricity (LCOE). This 19.86% aperture efficiency result that Trina Solar achieved demonstrates the huge potential for future multi-crystalline p-type silicon research. It is also a leap forward in the trend of continuous efficiency improvements of crystalline silicon solar modules.”


2016-10-18 | Courtesy: Trina Solar Limited | © Heindl Server GmbH

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