Trina Solar including considerable solar cell as well as module capability for large location 'Vertex' series

Aug 20, 2020 07:13 PM ET
  • 'Solar Module Super League' (SMSL) member Trina Solar is intending its initial major solar cell manufacturing expansion over the last few years, driven by its movement to large-area PV modules making use of the 210mm wafer dimension as it ramps manufacturing of its high-performance mainstream 'Vertex' Series modules in 2021 onwards.
Trina Solar including considerable solar cell as well as module capability for large location 'Vertex' series

The SMSL participant had lately highlighted that its new Vertex collection module manufacturing capability ramp would start in the fourth quarter of 2020 with a planned nameplate ability of 10GW, ramping to 21GW in 2021 as well as top 31GW in 2022.

The last official figures, revealed prior to Trina Solar de-listed from the NYSE, had PV module ability to reach 6GW by the end of 2016. With Trina Solar's Chinese IPO earlier this year, the firm reported PV module capacity numbers of nearly 8.5 GW in 2019.

Based upon the 2019 IPO information, paired to the most recent module assembly development plans that are devoted to the Vertex capability ramp, Trina Solar is presently approximated to reach a complete module assembly nameplate capability of virtually 39.5 GW by the end of 2022.

Nevertheless, Trina Solar has recently upgraded its prepare for in-house mono-PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) solar cell capability developments connected to the 210mm wafer size. This mainly implies cell assembly line with the ability of processing the largest-area wafers on the market, needing a significant round of capital expenditure, compared to the companies previous 'asset-lite' manufacturing version.

The firm claimed that it would certainly add 7.6 GW in annual brand-new 210mm qualified cell line ability at its manufacturing plant in Yancheng, China, while updating a further 2.4 GW of cell ability at the site to procedure 210mm wafers, a preliminary 10GW of nameplate ability committed to Vertex module needs.

With solar cell and module capacity in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, Trina Solar said it would broaden solar cell capacity by a more 2.5 GW at facilities outside China.

Although not disclosing further site-specific cell expansion plans and upgrades, Trina Solar anticipates additional increases in cell manufacturing capacity happen, corresponding to a total of 26GW of internal cell ability by the end of 2021. Roughly 70% of this total amount will certainly be 210mm (Vertex) cell capability.

This would additionally equate to around 18GW of Vertex-based cell capacity by the end of 2021, combined with around 21GW of Vertex module setting up capability.

Historically, Trina Solar has actually adhered to an asset-lite manufacturing impact, that included restricted internal ingot/wafer manufacturing, while counting on merchant cell producers for 1GW to 3GW-plus of exterior cell sourcing, as a result of greater internal module setting up.

Although the cell developments are significant, having actually had around 6GW of internal cell capability at the end of 2016, Trina Solar has actually still not abandoned the asset-lite model. PV module deliveries in 2019 were around 10GW.

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