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.
UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service
UK fleet owners of Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models can avail of a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.
The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, which specialises in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid.
Fleet customers will save around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year.
EDF’s V2G business solution includes:
The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.
A dedicated DREEV smart phone app, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time
Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. "By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero," he said. “Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”
Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.
He added the Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging and offers economic opportunities for businesses "that no other electric vehicle does today". Click here for more information.
FirstEnergy Corp, which aims to electrify 30% of its approximately 3,400 light duty and aerial fleet vehicles by 2030, has joined the Electric Highway Coalition. The group of electric companies, which has grown to 14 members, is committed to enabling long-distance EV travel through a network of EV fast-charging stations connecting major highway systems.
The Edison Electric Institute estimates 18 million EVs will be on US roads by 2030. While many drivers recognize the benefits of driving an EV, some are concerned with the availability of charging stations during long road trips. Through their unified efforts, the members of the EHC are addressing this "range anxiety" and demonstrating to customers that EVs are a smart choice for traveling long distances as well as driving around town.
Volta Industries has installed new charging stations at Safeway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Renton, Washington.