Mahindra Susten, India’s second-largest EPC company according to Mercom Capital Group, has announced the launch of India’s first mobile PV laboratory for the testing of solar PV modules on site.
The compact mobile PV lab, developed in-house, combines all of the key tests required for PV modules. This innovative solution will make world-class testing facilities available to solar asset developers, EPCs and O&M operators on location at their PV plants.
The role of the PV testing lab is critical across the life cycle of the Solar PV plant, right from construction to the end of life.
Speaking at the launch, Basant Jain, CEO, Mahindra Susten, said: “In our quest to help the nation get more out of their PV assets and adding to India’s power generation, we have invested in India’s first ever mobile PV testing laboratory.
“This mobile PV lab reaffirms our focus on not just building quality assets but also to bring to India the latest technologies to evaluate plant performance,” added Jain.
The company has defined various stages of plant construction at which the mobile PV solution can be implemented:
Pre-construction: Testing the landed delivery of module containers on-site for any damage incurred during manufacturing, transportation or unloading. This could be used to identify faulty modules, and to claim warranty for damaged modules or even transport insurance.
During construction: On-site testing of the connected modules to identify any damages during installation or on-field PV module transit. The same can be used to levy LD on the installers and to identify damaged modules early-on.
During O&M: The combination of on-field IV Curve tracing, Thermography, EL test and flash testing enables conclusive detection of any under-performance of the modules. Hence, allowing for replacement of the degraded modules immediately and at the same time claiming warranty – giving higher returns both in terms of performance as well as spares.
The availability of the lab on-site ensures not only a higher sampling rate, but also gives immediate results without the need to pack, transport or send the modules elsewhere.