Chinese solar photovoltaic maker Trina Solar launched its smart PV solution — TrinaPro — that combines its solar modules with a solar tracker system and inverter.
TrinaPro is designed for utility-scale ground mounted PV systems. It is the result of Trina Solar’s full cooperation agreement with Huawei Technologies Co., LTD, Sungrow Power Supply Co., LTD, as well as its strategic cooperation agreement with Nclave Renewable S.L., respectively.
According to the company TrinaPro will help improve system stability with higher power generation and lower costs by reducing system losses. (Read Trina Solar Announces New Efficiency Record of 25.04% for Large-area IBC Mono-crystalline Solar Cell)
This hi-tech product provides hardware and software integration that will result in “energy gain” of up to 30 per cent and reduce losses by 10 per cent through a ground mounted package that consists of smart modules, solar tracker and inverter.
TrinaPro also includes floating solutions; it will cover several application scenarios such as reservoirs, lakes, beaches, etc. Trina said it has come out with this innovation as an answer to the challenges facing the PV system in the form of “cost down bottlenecks”. (Read TrinaBESS unveils “one product fits all” residential energy storage solution by adding off-grid capability in the US)
“Though the past few years have seen the use of internet in the system, it is still not smart enough. There is scope for the inter-grid system to be smarter,” Trina Solar Vice President Yin Rongfang said at the launch.
“Besides, there are also issues of low reliability, as well as hardware and software mismatch,” he added.
By digitalising operations and maintenance (O&M), TrinaPro will offer increased return on investment, according to the company.
“By interconnecting ‘Edge Computing’ and a smart O&M system on a cloud platform, TrinaPro can analyse and process data from the cloud to optimise the system’s operation model and ensure that it runs smoothly and efficiently,” a statement said.
At the event, Trina Chairman and CEO Gao Jifan said: “Although solar power is a junior participant in energy industry, it is one of the major elements to drive the future development of the whole industry.”
Trina currently has about 20 per cent share in India’s solar panels’ market and has cumulatively supplied about 3 gigawatt (GW) of equipment to India.