The Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) has announced its new subsidiary based in Delhi on November 14, 2017. PI Berlin believes that there is particularly high demand for its services in big emerging markets like India, such as laboratory tests for modules and quality assurance in the planning, construction and operation of photovoltaic plants.
The new subsidiary will be managed by Steven Xuereb, Head of the PV Systems Business Unit at PI Berlin, together with Saurabh Kumar, who will act as local coordinator for sales and customer service.
Saurabh Kumar said, “We see great potential in India for the provision of services and consultation relating to the planning, construction and operation of solar power plants. India’s 2022 long-term solar goal gives the players in the market the security they need to make investments,” says Kumar.
PI Berlin, citing the falling feed-in tariffs, mentioned that to protect investments in photovoltaic plants, it’s crucial to inspect plant components at every stage of the added value chain. The institute aims to provide direct solution to the errors made during plant planning, module production, transport or installation. PI Berlin has stated that continuous inspection makes it possible to remedy damage at an early stage and identify the origin before the power plant comes into operation.
PI Berlin said in a press release that for projects on the subcontinent, which is home to both arid deserts and tropical forests, inspection of components and system design, so as to ensure optimal long-term operation of PV plants is particularly challenging. And most of the modules used in India are currently sourced from China.
Acknowledging the fact, Xuereb said, “Our lab in Suzhou allows us to provide quality inspections for the Indian market directly in the country of manufacture, so it’s a fast and straightforward process.” Further, offering Indian module manufacturers consultation on production and quality, which improves the ability of the local producers to stand out from their market competitors.
Xuereb, highlighting the new quality standard introduction by India, said, “We will be able to help businesses inspect and implement large projects here too.”