TÜV Rheinland, a leading global provider of technical, safety andcertification services is eyeing a larger share of the Indian market for PV testing and certification.
The company has set up India’sfirst and South Asia’s largest PV laboratory at Electronic city inBangalore which was formally inaugurated today.
Seventh in TÜVRhineland’s global network of solar testing labs spread across Germany,China, Taiwan, Japan(2) and the US, the new state-of-the-art laboratoryaddresses a key challenge faced by the Indian solar/PV industry – lackof access to large scale, worldclass test facility.
The new PVlab and test center is spread over 20,000 sq. feet including an outsidetest field of 5,000 square feet, five climate chambers and two sunsimulators. Investment in the new lab/test center is close to $3million.
According to a third party research firm, 70% of all solarmodule manufacturers worldwide have their products tested at TÜVRheinland laboratory making it the undisputed world leader inindependent safety and quality testing for solar modules.
Friedrich Hecker, CEO, TÜV Rheinland AG, said: “With the ambitious JawaharlalNehru National Solar Mission being operationalized, India is poised totake a huge leap in solar/PV. Module manufacturing, a key component ofthe chain, is largely domestically manufactured and offers a greatexport potential as well.
“The setting up of the PV lab by ustoday in Bangalore not only addresses the lack of such a facility inIndia but actually enables Indian module manufacturers to eye marketsbeyond India. India has always been a key strategic market for the group and all our different business units and this marks another stepforward in that commitment.”
Andreas Höfer chief regionalofficer, TÜV Rheinland (India, Middle East and Africa), said: ”One ofthe key components of a healthy solar/PC industry is domesticconsumption. With abundant sunshine and high quality of radiation levels combined with focus on both grid and off grid applications, there isevery possibility that India will be the market to watch out for in theregion. We see a lot of overseas players investing here and setting upfacilities or licensing technology for local players to manufacturewith. In that way, both our entry and the setting up of this lab istimed well.”
Enrico Rühle, MD, TÜV Rheinland India, added: ”TheIndian PV lab will be tightly interlinked to the other six laboratoriesacross the world and will employ over 200 experts across functions. Thelab which has facilities unheard of in the region like climate chambersand sun simulators will reduce the time for testing for Indianmanufacturers.
“The new facility is capable of meeting all thetesting and certification requirements of the local industry.Reliability is also a big issue with regard to the modules which need to bear the environment for 25 years and perform accordingly. All thereliability, accelerated life and long term tests can be done at our new lab.”
TÜV Rheinland first started laboratory scale technicaltesting of solar components in 1995. The specialists at TÜV Rheinlandare involved in testing modules and components, developing new testmethods, collaborating on R&D projects for the use of solar energyand assisting customers worldwide with the construction of solar powerplants. All laboratories have been launched or upgraded in the last twoyears and comply with the latest technical standards.