Trina Solar’s Jun-Heong Ku and Govind Kant

Trinahome for Australia

Trina Solar has extended its reach into the Australian market by launching its ‘all in one’ Trinahome solution – a hybrid inverter to accompany Trina solar panels – into the residential sector. 

Jun-Heong Ku, Trina Solar senior sales director for Asia Pacific and the Middle East was in Melbourne last week to spread the word, saying “Now that we have solidified our strong position with solar farms and large commercial and industrial projects in Australia we are moving into the Australian household sector with the launch of Trinahome.”

The 3kW to 10kW system can be installed in one day, and is said to be suitable not just for homes but also small to medium sized businesses.

To date Trina Solar has supplied more than 1,500 MW of solar capacity to Australia, making it Trina Solar’s third largest market in Asia Pacific after China and India.

Jun-Heong Ku says with energy storage solutions becoming more affordable, new battery technology coming onto the market will lead to a further pick-up in demand in the residential solar market.

While the residential sector has achieved good growth, the higher growth segments this year have been utility and commercial and industrial with some of the biggest adopters being shopping centres, supermarkets, other retail stores and industrial companies such as large-scale manufacturers, Jun-Heong Ku explained.

In related news, Trina Solar continues to work with Australian universities to drive innovation and is shifting production towards the manufacture of PERC silicon solar cells, the technology that was invented and later developed by  UNSW scientists led by Professor Martin Green.

UNSW and ANU are key partners of Trina Solar in development of solar cell technology for the global market, said Dr Pietro Altermatt, principal scientist at Trina Solar.

“We started working with the University of NSW nearly 10 years ago on PERC cell technology and we started working with the university on hydrogenation about three to four years ago. We were quite early on working with the university on hydrogenation,” he explained.

Hydrogenation is a process that the university successfully developed in the lab and then commercially. It is a process whereby hydrogen atoms, inside the silicon crystal, dock to impurities and defects to make them harmless.

Trina has also worked with the University of NSW on ‘characterisation’, which involves testing cells in detail to help identify how the cells can be improved or if there is a problem.

Trina provides cells from its production line to the university for this research work.

PERC cells - passivated emitter and rear cell - now account for about a third of the world’s solar cell market and forecasts suggest they will account for more than half the market in 2022.