Trina Solar boosts smart energy with ‘Vertex’
Capable of energy conversion efficiencies up to 21% better than the market standard, Vertex PV modules can achieve a power output in excess of 500W.
With standard PV modules only able to produce between 250W and 400W, Trina’s technology sets it apart as a clear market leader and could result in Vertex becoming the industry standard.
Harnessing the sun’s energy
According to a recent press release, the specification of the Vertex PVs is “bifacial double-glass modules and back sheet modules, delivering high power output, high reliability, high efficiency and high power generation.”
Using a power station in the Heilongjiang province as a test case, Trina Solar's State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology was able to determine that its new modules can reduce system costs by almost 8% and energy costs by around 4%.
Discussing the new technology, Yin Rongfang, Exec VP, emphasised the diversity of Vertex’s applications and its operational reliability, which is sure to have a transformative impact on the industry.
"Our customers worldwide have shown a strong interest in 500W+ Vertex series modules, which are not only suitable for a utility-scale solar plant but also for commercial and industrial-scale solar projects seeking to raise their level of efficiency.
“We plan to continue shipping more Vertex series modules to customers worldwide. The era of 500W+ power output is here, and the high-efficiency and high-power Vertex series modules are playing a critical role in the industry," he said.
Innovating in APAC
Despite Trina’s impressive developments, the company is not alone in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region in the operational improvement of solar PVs.
‘PV Ultra’ tech which is able to simultaneously generate electricity from light and heat at an energy efficiency of almost 90%. The company’s own estimate places PV Ultra panels as 4,000 times more powerful than regular PVs.
Highlighting the technology’s few operational constraints, low costs and low risks, RayGen considers its PV Ultra modules to be easy scalable and potentially pivotal in the optimisation of solar power.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.