"TrinaPro for Installation on Water" combining a dual glass solar panel and floating mounting system (source: Nikkei BP)
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The floating mounting system introduced at Biwako Environmental Business Exhibition (source: Nikkei BP)
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"Ichigo Kasaoka Iwanoike Eco Power Plant" using Trina Solar's dual glass panel (source: Ichigo)
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Trina Solar Ltd, a China-based major solar panel manufacturer, will release its original float system for floating solar power plants in Japan to strengthen the development of the market.

Trina Solar (Japan) Ltd (Minato-ku, Tokyo), a Japanese subsidiary of Trina Solar, exhibited "TrinaPro for Installation on Water," a float system combining (1) its dual glass solar panel and resin-based floating mounting system, at Biwako Environmental Business Exhibition, which took place from Oct 17 to 19, 2018, in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

Trina Solar developed the system in collaboration with Minhao Japan (Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture), which has experience in floating mounting systems for floating solar power plants in China. The system consists of (1) main floats on which solar panels are mounted at an angle of 15°, (2) bridge floats that connect the main floats and function as walking paths, etc. The system is made by blow-molding high-density polyethylene and supports both 60- and 72-cell solar panels.

By attaching two supporting poles to one side of the main float at the time of construction, an installation angle of 15° is ensured. In the case of floats manufactured by other companies, at the time of forming a main unit, its top surface is often inclined and mounted with solar panels at an angle.

Compared with floats having such a shape, the TrinaPro for Installation on Water is light in weight and has a high transport efficiency, realizing a low cost in total. This time, Trina Solar made improvements to a product that it has been selling in China and made it support Japanese standards such as the JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards).