April 27 (Renewables Now) - Chinese photovoltaics (PV) maker Trina Solar Co Ltd said today that its Vertex module has achieved a power output of 515.8 W during an independent evaluation by TUeV Rheinland.
The particular module was made using 210-mm large-size silicon wafers, multi-busbars and 1/3 cut technology. It has now passed TUeV Rheinland’s PV module IEC test and has been granted both the IEC 61215 PV module performance standard and the IEC 61730 PV module safety standard certificates.
"With the development and improvement of the industry chain, especially the improvement in glass supply capacity, adding another column of cells to the existing five-column layout design can increase the Vertex module's power output to more than 600 W,” said Yin Rongfang, Vice General Manager and EVP at Trina Solar.
He added that power output will rise even further in the future with when PERC+ cell conversion efficiency surpasses 24% and certain other improvements are achieved.
Trina Solar formally started mass production of the Vertex pilot line on March 18 and shipped the first units later that month.