Trina Solar, the leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has been supporting Uzbekistan’s transition to renewable energy. The Uzbekistan government’s 2020-2030 power plan set a target of 5GW of additional solar power capacity. Even though Uzbekistan experiences 330 sunny days annually, solar power todayaccounts for less than one percent of the energy mix. But International Renewable EnergyAgency (IRENA) figures show Uzbekistan’s solar energy sector is experiencing stronggrowth. There was only 4MW of solar capacity in 2020. Then it was 104MWin 2021 and253MW last year, says IRENA. The large jump in 2021 was due to the 100MW Uzbekistan Navoi utility-scale solar farmthat uses TrinaTracker Vanguard 2P trackers.
Todd Li, President of Trina Solar Asia Pacific, says: “For Uzbekistan to meet rising energyneeds while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the country needs continue to diversifyenergy generation and deploy alternative energy resources, such as solar.”
He adds: “Uzbekistan is a relatively untapped, but growing market, for solar energy.
Webelieve we can fill the market gap with our market-leading innovative solar modules, trackers, and integrated solutions.” Uzbekistan’s solar energy capacity remains low as compared to other countries. For example, neighbouring Kazakhstan had 2,031MW of solar energy capacity at the end of 2022, says IRENA.
IRENA in its report - entitled Solar Energy Policy in Uzbekistan: A Roadmap – highlightedthere are countries with less sunlight than Uzbekistan, such China and Greece, that havea higher share of solar energy in the country’s energy consumption. The reason for this disparity, according to the report, is Uzbekistan grapples with an arrayof barriers that hinders its renewable energy ambitions. First, the over-relianceoncountry’s fossil reserves. It states that by 2030, Uzbekistan’s population will increasebythree million to 37 million fuelling demand for more energy. Given the current consumptiontrends, the country’s energy deficit may amount to 65% of total demand in less thanadecade, it says. To meet rising demand, the energy system will have to improve andproduction will have to increase by 70-75 percent, it adds. For Uzbekistan to reach its full solar power potential, it needs to develop solar projectsusing rooftops and vacant land. Trina Solar, being the world’s leading PV and smart energy total solutions provider, can cater to all market segments in Uzbekistan: residential, commercial and industrial (C&I), and utility-scale.
Trina Solar offers n-type and p-type PV modules for different Uzbekistan solar projects. The new n-type technology provides a further boost to the module’s power generation. Trina Solar’s new Vertex N NEG21C.20 bi-facial module is a high power module. It hasmaximum efficiency of 22.4% and power output up to 695W, delivering a lower levelizedcost of energy (LCOE) and reduced balance of system (BOS) cost. Meanwhile, TrinaSolar p-type modules include the Vertex DEG21C.20 and Vertex DEG20C.20. The VertexDEG21C.20 is a bifacial dual-glass p-type module that uses 210mm-size solar cells. It delivers power output up to 665W and efficiency up to 21.4%.
The Vertex DEG20C.20, isa bifacial dual-glass module that delivers maximum efficiency of 21.4% and maximum power output of 605W. Customers can select the suitable technology to best optimize their solar projects. Both the n-type and p-type modules use 210 Technology, 210mm-long solar cells, that have more power than earlier solar cells. The modules incorporate state-of-the-art technologies such as multi-busbar for greater light absorption, non-destructive cuttingtechnology and high-density encapsulation to optimize the module’s efficiency. Besides solar modules, Trina Solar is the only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that produces trackers – providing integrative module and tracker solution froma singlesource. Trina Solar is also launching its second-generation Vanguard 2P tracker, an upgrade fromthe earlier version, which had a single motor. The new version has three motors poweringeach actuator, significantly reducing the number of mechanical parts, making the tracker quicker and easier to install, and reducing maintenance costs over the product’s lifecycle.
The Vanguard 2P is designed to withstand difficult weather conditions includingUzbekistan’s climate: hot summers to extreme cold temperatures. The shorter and wider form factor of TrinaTracker’s 2P Vanguard tracker, in combination with its patentedspherical bearings, further enables sites with uneven terrain, such as those foundinUzbekistan. The new generation Vanguard 2P has also undergone extensive wind tunnel tests andhas the same industry leading low pile count – as low as seven – per tracker, contributingto lower balance of system (BOS) cost. Further features, such as, the ‘Super Track’ algorithm and ‘Trina Smart Cloud’, further improves the tracker’s performancetomaximize the module’s power performance.