• Trina Solar has announced formation of a 600 W+ Photovoltaic Open Innovation Ecological Alliance
  • A group of 39 member companies, the alliance will build products, systems and standards for next generation technology platform to encourage use of 600 W+ solar modules
  • Members of this alliance include all players in the solar supply chain ranging from silicon, wafers, cells, modules, trackers, inverters, materials and equipment makers

A group of 39 solar PV companies have come together under the umbrella of the 600W+ Photovoltaic Open Innovation Ecological Alliance. As the name suggests, the member companies will work together to build products, systems and standards for next-generation technology platform ‘committing to maximize the customer values of 600W+ ultra-high power modules and other related solutions at the application end’.

Announcing the initiative, Chinese solar PV module manufacturer Trina Solar stated that this collaboration aims to create a ‘new collaborative and innovative ecosystem through open collaboration, synergizing the main resources of the industry chain and integrating core processes such as R&D, manufacturing and applications’.

It argues that open innovation like this is critical to promote sustainable development of the PV industry and bring more value to the customers.

The members  of this initiative are coming from the entire solar supply chain, including manufacturers in the fields of silicon, wafers, cells, modules, trackers, inverters, materials and equipment manufacturing. These are identified in alphabetical order as the following:

  1. Arctech Solar Holding Co., Ltd
  2. China Datang Corporation Ltd.
  3. China Energy Engineering Group Heilongjiang Electric Power Design Co., Ltd
  4. China General Certification Center Co., Ltd
  5. Cybrid Technologies Co., Ltd.
  6. DB Schenker Logistics
  7. DNV GL Singapore Pte. Ltd
  8. East China Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd of China Power Engineering Consulting Group
  9. Flat Glass Group Co., Ltd.
  10. Hangzhou First Applied Material Co., Ltd.
  11. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
  12. Huadian New Energy Technology Development Company of China Huadian Engineering Co., Ltd
  13. Irico (Hefei) Photovoltaic Co., Ltd
  14. JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.
  15. Jiangsu Huansheng Photovoltaic Co., Ltd.
  16. Kelongwei Automation Equipment Co., Ltd.
  17. Nextraker Inc.
  18. PowerChina Guizhou Engineering Co., Ltd
  19. PowerChina Jiangxi Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd
  20. Risen Energy Co., Ltd.
  21. C New Energy Technology Corporation
  22. Sineng Electric Co., Ltd
  23. SMA Solar Technology
  24. SPIC (Beijing) New Energy Investment Co., Ltd
  25. SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY Solar Research Institute
  26. Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd
  27. Suzhou Maxwell Technology Co., Ltd.
  28. Suzhou Run Sunshine Technology Co., Ltd.
  29. Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
  30. Trina Solar Co., Ltd.
  31. Triumph Science & Technology Co. Ltd.
  32. TÜV NORD Group
  33. TÜV Rheinland (China) Ltd.
  34. TÜV Süd Certification and Testing (China) Co., Ltd.
  35. UL CCIC Company Limited
  36. Wuxi Shangji Automation Co., Ltd.
  37. Xiaoniu Automation Equipment Co., Ltd.
  38. Xinyi Glass (Anhui) holdings Limited
  39. Yonz Technology (Changzhou) Co., Ltd

Several solar module makers have moved on to products with higher power ratings, recently introducing panels with 500 W or more. In June 2020, Trina Solar introduced its TrinaPro Mega modules using 210 mm wafers resulting in over 500 W output based on its Vertex module series design. It said this paves the way for the next module power upgrade to 600 W. Right now, JinkoSolar claims the highest output of up to 580 W for its TigerPro modules.

The formation of this alliance comes soon after 7 PV industry module leaders proposed M10 as the new standard silicon wafer size to ensure standardization of equipment manufacturing.

TaiyangNews is bringing together the key industry players (including Trina Solar, Risen Solar, Longi Solar, JinkoSolar, Ja Solar) to discuss and explore the potential of 500W+ solar modules in a virtual conference on July 29 & July 30, 2020. Registration is for free here.