Working around the clock to keep up with demand, Trina Solar’s production perfectly illustrates the state of the global solar industry. It is booming and en-route to yet another record-breaking year.
In 2015, solar power covered more than 1% of global electricity demand for the first time, according to Solar Power Europe. In addition, Oxford University predicts, that solar energy is on course to meet 20% of global energy needs by 2027.
Chineses dominate the industry
The solar industry is picking up the pace and Chinese producers dominate the industry. One of these companies, Trina Solar in Changzhou, China, is the world’s no. 1 in deployed capacity and in a recent tender, Maersk Line was awarded 50% of the company’s volumes. Agility is key to catering for the ever-growing volumes of Trina Solar.
“The biggest vessels cannot call Waigaoqiao terminal making it a bottleneck for any carriers if Trina Solar wants to load a huge order,” says Wilson Xu, Head of Shanghai and Yangtze River Sales at Maersk Line.
“At Maersk Line we saw this and we are considering the possibility of introducing an additional call to Yangshan terminal, which solves the problem. Even with the biggest orders, they will never have a headache making the shipment,” says Wilson Xu, adding that the partnership between Trina Solar and Maersk Line has been developing and growing since 2009.