Trina Solar has received the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) certificate for its 210 mm Vertex modules by TÜV Rheinland, becoming the first solar company to receive LCA certification for 210 mm modules.
LCA follows the requirements of ISO 14040/ISO 14044 in order to conduct rigorous scientific and scientific tests of life cycle carbon emissions and other indicators. The products, sampling from Trina Solar’s major production factories around the world for testing and certification, cover the full range of p-type 210mm modules with mono-crystalline from Vertex S 410W to Vertex 670W.
The results indicate that Trina Solar Vertex module are the best in the business for their low carbon emissions. The average carbon emissions of PV modules’ lifecycle assessment “from cradle to gate” in China are about 550 kg CO2_E/kW. Trina Solar’s 210 mm Vertex modules carbon emissions are as low as less than 400 kg CO2_E/kW, without using special silicon materials. Its carbon emissions in China are at least 30% lower that the industry average. Trina Solar Vertex Modules have an electricity emission ratio of 0.01 based on a 30-year product cycle. Thermal power has a higher carbon emission than 100 times.
Trina Solar also tested elements regarding global warming potential influences. Trina Solar also conducted an extensive LCA analysis on Vertex modules. This included more than 10 indicators that can affect the environment including energy consumption and raw material use. The Vertex modules perform exceptionally well, according to the results.