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Published on April 15th, 2014 | by James Ayre


New High-Efficiency Honey Ultra Solar Module Developed By Trina Solar

April 15th, 2014 by  

A new, record-breaking, high-efficiency solar module has been developed by Trina Solar Limited, according to a recent press release from the noted solar technology company.

The Honey Ultra monocrystalline solar module (as it’s been dubbed) achieved a new world record for p-type monocrystalline silicon modules, hitting 326.3W — an accomplishment that has been independently verified by TUV Rheinland.

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The press release provides specifics on the new module:

The monocrystalline silicon module is composed of 60 high-efficiency Honey Ultra monocrystalline silicon cells of 156mm x 156mm, fabricated with a technology developed by Trina Solar and currently in pilot production.

Honey Ultra marks the second generation of Trina Solar’s Honey module technology and this new high-efficiency record significantly extends the previous milestone of 284.7W attained by Trina Solar’s first generation of Honey modules. The module integrates core technologies including back surface passivation technology and low-resistance connection technology, each of which have been researched and developed by Trina Solar.

“As an advanced research and development facility, our State Key Lab of PV Science and Technology enables us to execute on our commitment to the commercialization of new high-efficiency solar cells and highly reliable modules,” stated Dr Zhiqiang Feng, Vice President of Trina Solar and Director of the State Key Lab of PV Science and Technology. “In recent years the Company 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. As a result, Trina Solar remains at the forefront of technological innovations in the solar industry.”

The development of the new module represents an important step for Trina Solar’s State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology — being the first such development since its accreditation back in November 2013.

Notably, Trina Solar just rose to #2 in terms of annual solar module manufacturing output, only trailing Yingli Green Energy.

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  • Ned

    Lacking in article: The percent efficiency of the module, so it can be compared to other technologies. Was this omission intentional or accidental?

    • Bill Ellard

      This new Honey Ultra module marks a key milestone for Trina Solar’s
      State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology since its
      accreditation in November 2013 and follows the Company’s development of a
      new Interdigitated Back Contact (“IBC”) cell capable of delivering an
      industry-leading efficiency of 24.4%.

      • Bob_Wallace

        So when might we see these puppies available for purchase and at what price?

  • Troy Frank

    So the article is kind of confusing, and seems to be missing the important info. Are the cells more efficient? If so, what’s their efficiency? Or did they get more power per module by somehow cramming more cells into the same sized module? Or did they just make the module bigger, so they could fit more cells onto it?

  • Mitchell S Gould

    Can I assume that it’s a stock picture and not one that represents the product? These solar cells are awfully shiny and blue–so much light wasted.

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