From powering racecars to cities, Trina Solar continues to implement its vision of providing clean, renewable solar energy to the world.
Two recent stories illustrate Trina's success in this mission: Using its solar panels to power Dubai's 'Sustainable City' and the race-winning car in the "Dream Class" of the "FIA Electric & New Energy Championship 2017" in Japan.
Trina helps turn on the lights Dubai's 'Sustainable City'
In a major undertaking, Trina Solar will contribute 40,000 panels for Dubai's groundbreaking 'Sustainable City,' reported PV-Tech.
With 400 residential villas, a 170-room hotel, a mosque, school, swimming pool and equestrian club and track, the Sustainable City will meet all of its energy needs exclusively from clean sources. Once completed, the city will act as one the largest residential and commercial areas powered solely by renewable resources in the Middle East.
Thus far, technicians have installed approximately 24,000 panels with the remaining modules scheduled to go online in the coming months.
The harsh climate and environmental concerns, such as high annual temperatures and sandy weather, can cause serious problems for less durable panels. Because of the high chances of potential induced degradation, the solar project developers chose Trina's Duomax panels.
The frameless and heat-strengthened dual-glass design of the Duomax panels reduces accumulation of debris, such as dust or sand, which increases the system's durability and power-generating efficiency. This design also enables lower degradation, which leads to higher annual and lifetime energy production.
Solar energy powering champion racecars
From Dubai, we move to Japan, where Trina Solar has been working with Osaka Sangyo University (OSU) in making a solar-powered racecar.
Trina's partnership with OSA, which goes back to 2015. has been so successful that the team's Solar Car, the "OSU-Model-S", won the "Dream Class" of the "FIA Electric & New Energy Championship 2017" held at the Suzuki International Racing Circuit (the "IFA Suzuka Solar Car Race") on Aug. 5. OSU introduced the Solar Car Project in 1989 to focus on the research and development of a high-efficiency vehicle powered solely by sunlight.
The OSU-Model-S utilized Trina Solar's interdigitated back contact (IBC) cells and modules to generate 100 percent of the power used to run the car and win this prestigious race. Developed by Trina Solar's State Key Laboratory, the IBC cells are some of the most efficient silicon solar cells to date, with engineers designing them for the expressed objective of reaching new record efficiencies with the lowest possible cost.
By using the IBC cells, the OSU-Model-S boosted its energy generation and reduced its weight. The lighter vehicle and higher efficiency gave the car the edge it needed to beat out the competition. This was no simple task, as the four to five hour race must convert solar energy from a changing sunlight environment.
Along with building world-class racers, Trina Solar also leverages the data and feedback obtained during the race for use in future research and development.
As these recent success stories show, Trina Solar is committed to producing high-quality solar panels to deliver clean, renewable energy to projects around the world.