CHANGZHOU, Jun. 2, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) (TSL.NYSE), a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) products, announced on Tuesday its research agreement with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) to develop an all-back-contact high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cell using Trina solar's monocrystalline wafers.
Trina Solar will engage SERIS to provide research and development services to develop a high efficiency crystalline solar cell by printing contacts on the cell's rear to increase front surface exposure to sunlight.
The company targets to realize up to 21.5 percent production efficiency and up to 23.5 percent laboratory test efficiency, with the project to be completed within three years starting from June. In exchange for the project's intellectual property rights, Trina Solar will cover the cost of the research project.
Huang Qiang, Trina Solar's vice president of technology said that the move would further increase the efficiency of the company's silicon solar cells, which is expected to be integrated into the production lines by 2013. (Edited by Gao Li, firstname.lastname@example.org)