Trina Solar’s Vertex N 700W+ series modules to power Xinghai County power station; Arctech’s Tianzhi II deployed in Xinjiang power project; Risen Energy to supply 200 MW of Hyper-ion modules for PV projects in Spain; China’s solar cell production to exceed 450 GW by 2024.
Trina Solar’s Vertex N 700W+ series modules for 560 MW desert power station: Solar PV manufacturer Trina Solar has announced that it is supplying its Vertex N 700W+ series modules to the 560 MW PV power station in Xinghai County, Qinghai province. Trina Solar is supplying 488 MW of the total 560 MW capacity. Expected to be commissioned by the end of this year, the power station’s average annual energy yield is expected to be about 1.077 billion kWh. The plant, located in the new energy base of Hekatan in the northeast of Xinghai County, at an average altitude of 3,200 m, is developed and owned by Datang Qinghai New Energy Development Co. Ltd. Given its location in the desert plateau, the plant is subject to drastic temperature differences and extreme weather, including high winds and hailstorms, posing challenges to module reliability and energy yield. The Vertex N 700W+ series modules, based on the advanced 210 mm technology and n-type i-TOPCon Advanced technology, are claimed to be the right fit for this environment. The company cites the example of its deployment in the 3.2 MW ground power station in Gonghe County, Qinghai province. Trina claims that the Vertex N 700W+ series modules can save RMB 0.0424 per watt, which is 5.8% lower than other n-type modules. In June 2023, Trina Solar’s Vertex N module passed RETC’s thresher test (see China Solar PV News Snippets).
Arctech’s Tianzhi II features in Xinjiang’s 1st large module + tracking bracket project: Solar tracking and installation solutions provider Arctech announced that its Tianzhi II tracking system has been deployed in the 400,000 kW PV power project of Tianfu. The project, part of a 1 million kW PV base project in Shihezi, northern Xinjiang, was connected to the grid for power generation. Tianzhi II constitutes an installed capacity of 94 MW in this project located in the Gobi Desert, which is also the first in Xinjiang to use 210 mm large modules + tracking brackets. The Tianzhi II tracker adopts the multi-point parallel driving technology, with more than one driving devices for a single tracking system, which improves the critical wind speed of the system and makes the traditional 2P system very stable even under extreme weather conditions. The Tianzhi II tracking system uses 4 1500V strings, which carry up to 140 pieces of 210 modules while lowering electrical costs. The addition of Arctech’s new generation artificial intelligence PV tracking solution helps Tianzhi II to cope with various terrain, weather, and landform conditions in the real power station environment, and increases the power generation gain of the tracking system by up to 7%. Last month, Arctech announced a 1 GW tracker supply contract in Uzbekistan (see China PV News Snippets).
Risen Energy receives 200 MW order for Hyper-ion modules: Leading provider of integrated PV smart energy solutions Risen Energy announced the signing of a supply framework agreement with a well-known European PV power plant developer and general contractor. Risen Energy will provide the latter 200 MW of heterojunction Hyper-ion modules starting this month for the construction of high-efficiency PV projects in Spain. The company has shipped the 1st batch of 53 MW as of today, with the rest to follow soon. Risen Energy recently reported a 40% YoY rise in its operating income for H1 2023 (see China’s Risen Energy Scores Well In H1/2023).
China’s solar cell production will exceed 450 GW in 2024: China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Finance jointly issued the Action Plan for the Steady Growth of the Electronic Information Manufacturing Industry from 2023 to 2024. The document forecasts that by 2024, 5G mobile phone shipments in the Chinese mobile phone market will account for more than 85%, the market share of 75-inch and above color TVs will exceed 25%, and solar cell production capacity will exceed 450 GW. For the January to July 2023 period, China’s solar cell output has increased more than 56% YoY to 276.6 GW. The total export value of photovoltaic products, including silicon wafers, cells, modules, etc., has reached $32.47 billion. For the same period, the newly installed PV capacity totaled 97.2 GW, an increase of 158% YoY.