Trina Solar Limited has won the Client Test Data Program ("CTDP") certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The Company is the first solar PV company to be awarded this certification.
The company claims that the award reflects its commitment to PV testing capabilities and its emphasis on product quality and reliability, but the certification also means that Trina Solar's Changzhou PV Testing Center is now eligible to participate in the Client Test Data Program after undergoing a rigorous inspection and audit by UL. The company is now able to independently conduct testing programs and to issue UL recognized test data without requiring the on-site presence of UL dispatched engineers.
In conjunction with the certification, UL and Trina Solar have signed a framework agreement to strengthen collaboration.
“Trina Solar's collaboration with UL will further the quality and reliability of our products,” said Mr. Zhiguo Zhu, SVP and President of Trina Solar's Module Business Unit. “Being the first PV company to receive the CTDP certification is an important milestone in the development of Trina Solar. It affirms that our testing staff, standards and capabilities are of the highest caliber in the PV industry.”
Encompassing a total area of over 7000 square meters, Trina Solar's Testing Center supports product certification, material reliability testing, highly accelerated aging test, and a comprehensive range of test material evaluation and research. Testing capabilities cover PV product testing standards including IEC61215, IEC61730 and UL1703. These tests simulate stresses in the natural environment and examine the ability of PV products to withstand and maintain performance in the extreme weather conditions, which they are subject to.
“The certification and collaboration also highlight Trina Solar's commitment to research and development and product excellence, which are key to solidifying our Company's brand in the U.S. and other global markets” Mr. Zhu added, “In order to overcome the challenges we face in the global PV industry today, Trina Solar is working tirelessly to improve the overall value of its PV products and the affordability of solar-generated electricity.”