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Solar Car equipped with Trina Solar’s IBC cells wins Dream Class

Trina Solar has announced that the Osaka Sangyo University solar car, equipped with Trina Solar’s Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) cells and modules, won the Dream Class of the FIA Electric & New Energy Championship 2017 held at the Suzuki International Racing Circuit.

Trina Solar has worked with OSU since 2015. The OSU-Module-S developed by OSU’s Solar Car Team was 100 percent powered by solar cells developed by the State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of Trina Solar and it helped OSU achieve good results.

The solar car race has several goals including how to come up with a more efficient and lighter car and how to manage energy consumption under a changing sun light environment by drivers for four or five hours. It’s not just a race to compete on speed but also the aim to give an education to the young who will be making a greener future society with sustainable and eco-friendly solar energy.

“As the name of the race was changed from The Alternative Energies CUP to The Electric & New Energy Championship this year, solar energy has shifted from alternative energy to the next stage,” said vice president of Trina Solar and director of the State Key Laboratory of Photovoltaic Science & Technology, Dr. Zhiqiang Feng. “Trina Solar has achieved numerous world records as a pioneer in the development of PV power generation technology. For IBC cells used in solar cars, we achieved a conversion efficiency of 24.13 per cent in April this year. Data and feedback obtained through cooperation with the OSU Solar Car Team are also utilised in research and development.”


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