Trina unveils Honey Ultra upgrade

Trina Solar has announced an upgraded version of its high-efficiency Honey Ultra modules, in a sign that quality and innovation may be rising on the PV industry’s list of priorities.

The module incorporates a host of improvements deemed central to next-generation PV technology, including back-surface passivation and low-resistance connection technology.

The new module -- currently in pilot production -- has been certified with an output of 326.3W by TUV Rheinland, a new world record for p-type monocrystalline silicon modules.

That compares to the 284.7W notch achieved by the last generation of Trina’s Honey modules. The new module is built using 60 Honey Ultra cells, each measuring 156mm x 156mm.

Several years ago, many tier-one Chinese PV companies began touting high-efficiency products -- including Suntech’s Pluto and Yingli’s Panda lines -- as they sought to differentiate themselves from lesser rivals.

The huge PV price crush of recent years made such high-efficiency modules a difficult sell in many markets. But with players like Trina having returned to profitability in 2013, and module prices stabilizing, a renewed focus on R&D and quality may be in the offing.

“In recent years [Trina] has successfully researched and developed new intellectual properties in the form of a series of innovative technologies and high quality products, and has successfully maintained its leading position in patent applications and grants,” says Zhiqiang Feng, director of Trina’s State Key Lab of PV Science and Technology.

“Trina Solar remains at the forefront of tehnological innovations in the solar industry," says Feng.