TrinaTracker, a leading tracker manufacturer and business unit of Trina Solar Co., Ltd (“Trina Solar”), today announced that the TrinaTracker one-in- portrait (1P) tracker system has been validated by RINA Tech Renewables (“RINA”), a reputable inspection, certification and consulting multinational organization, for compliance with the Australian Building Codes and Standards for deployment in Wind Region C.
The independent assessment is a non-project specific review examining the tracker structural design and design methods of the single-axis tracker system for compliance with codes and standards relevant for use in the Australian market. The scope of work includes a review of Trina Solar’s design documentation, as well as a compliance review that confirms the static loads, dynamic wind load effects and aeroelastic effects are determined or considered in accordance with codes. The report also assesses the structural calculations for tracker elements, including connections, as well as wind tunnel procedures.
RINA considers the design basis, construction documentation, structural calculations, wind studies and the methodologies of analysis represent appropriate industry practice and generally meet the intent of the Australian Building Codes and its referenced standards.
“TrinaTracker have been working with renowned independent engineer RINA for verification and approval for deployment of our single axis trackers in Cyclonic areas, Wind Region C according to AS 1170. As more renewable capacity is built and sites become ever more remote, TrinaTracker views this as an important next step in enabling our customers to deploy our technology on these ever increasingly challenging sites with confidence,” says Andrew Gilhooly, Head of C&I and Utility Solutions, Trina Solar Asia Pacific.
The Australian Wind Region C refers to a part of Australia’s northern coastal area, where wind speeds are classified as cyclonic and can go as high as 248 km/h. The strong gusts that characterize the region introduce a range of design and engineering challenges to anyone from developers to independent power producers who are considering solar solutions. The RINA assessment of TrinaTracker 1P tracker system confirms the performance, feasibility and reliability of the tracker system in harsh conditions, opening up opportunities for deployment on underutilized windy zones, and is testimony to Trina Solar’s commitment to meeting the diverse and unique needs of customers in Australia and beyond.
The TrinaTracker 1P tracker system is designed to offer optimal adaptability and compatibility with 600W+ ultra-high power modules, which are being deployed in the majority of utility-scale projects across the globe.
Offering the industry’s only truly integrative solution of modules trackers and smart controls, Trina Solar is committed to helping independent power producers and long term asset owners to reduce EPC cost and risk, while at the same time unlocking positive energy outcomes in the long run. The company has also recently announced that it has once again attained the highest “AAA” ranking by PV-Tech, providing further evidence of Trina Solar’s strengths in technology, products and financial health.