TRINA SOLAR SINGAPOREPowering Solar R&D Growth
Founded in 1997, Trina Solar is one of the world's foremost photovoltaic (PV) companies. Fully vertically integrated from the production of silicon ingots to solar panels into both mono and multicrystalline technologies, the company offers high quality modules and solar solutions.
Trina Solar operates more than 15 offices worldwide, and has partnerships with leading installers, distributors, utilities and developers in all major PV markets. These partnerships all help the company achieve its mission of making the world a better place by providing affordable and reliable solar energy solutions.
In 2011, Trina Solar established its Asia Pacific operating headquarters in Singapore, housing functions including R&D, logistics, sales, purchasing and administration functions to strengthen Trina Solar’s growing presence and customer base in the region.
The company sealed a research agreement with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore in 2010 to develop high efficiency solar cells using Trina Solar’s monocrystalline wafers. Trina intends to set up its regional R&D centre in Singapore to develop new solar technologies and applications. With future demand for clean energy, like solar power, expected to be fueled by Asian markets, Trina Solar’s R&D efforts in the region ensures that the company stays ahead of competition.
Dr Sun Haiyan, Head of the Asia Pacific Headquarters said, "Trina Solar is highly optimistic about the Asia Pacific market and we believe that our new Singapore headquarters will generate a significant portion of the company's global sales over the next several years. In addition to Singapore's strong local talent pool, Trina Solar is delighted about the opportunity to increase our regional R&D, and the possibility of developing strategic cooperative alliances with local research institutes and universities.”
THE WAY FORWARD
Manufacturing solar wafers, cells and modules has many parallels with semiconductor and electronics manufacturing processes. Singapore’s position as a major semiconductor hub, coupled with all-round capabilities from the precision engineering and chemicals industries, provides solar companies in Singapore with a head-start in the regional solar industry.
The Energy Innovation Programme Office (EIPO), formerly known as Clean Energy Programme Office (CEPO), is Singapore’s key inter-agency workgroup responsible for planning and executing strategies to develop the energy sector in Singapore. Since its inception in 2007, EIPO has launched several key initiatives, including the establishment of public sector R&D centres, competitive funding and talent development programmes.
Dedicated with S$195 million from the National Research Foundation, EIPO is led by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Energy Market Authority (EMA). EIPO reports to an executive committee co-chaired by EDB's Chairman and Ministry of Trade and Industry's Permanent Secretary.
Jifan Gao, Chairman and CEO of Trina Solar, noted that "Singapore's excellent investment environment, combined with its skilled talent base and strong logistics infrastructure, makes it a strategically advantageous location for Trina Solar. We are confident that Singapore will serve as an ideal gateway to markets throughout the Asia Pacific."
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