Chinese solar PV manufacturing giant Trina Solar has announced it is launching a new range of its Vertex S+ series panels which will be designed specifically to help improve energy management of commercial buildings.
The new Trina Solar Vertex S+ NEG18R.28 panels are set to be launched this year and have been specifically designed for commercial and industrial applications.
Currently being reviewed by Australia’s Clean Energy Council (CEC), the new Vertex S+ panels will suit rooftops, covered pedestrian walkways, car parks, and other potentially under-utilised spaces across the sector.
Delivering maximum power output of 505W and a high efficiency of 22.5%, the new Vertex S+ panels utilise n-type technology, making for a longer lifespan, less light-induced degradation, and higher conversion efficiency than P-type panels.
Specifically, the panels’ combination of n-type technology and double-glass panels result in what Trina Solar describes as “ultra-low” degradation rates of as little as 1% in its first year, and 0.4% annual degradation thereafter.
The NEG18R.28 panels incorporate Trina Solar’s award-winning aesthetic black design and feature a high-transmission AR coated and heat-strengthened glass on the front, and heat-strengthened glass on the reverse.
Each panel measures only 1961mm x 1134mm with a width of 30mm, weighs only 23.5kg, making it not only easy to install and minimizing loadbearing, while also being robust enough for larger-scale commercial installations. The lighter-weight panels also help ease installation in hard-to-reach spaces and on older buildings which may not have been designed to carry extra weight.
And, with increased crack and scratch resistance, meeting IEC fire ratings (Class A+C), the new panels are made for Australia’s harsh environments – both cold and hot – having also passed 35mm hail tests.
A 25-year product warranty and 30-year performance warranty further makes the new Trina Solar Vertex S+ NEG18R.28 panels an appealing choice for the commercial building sector.