Vikram Solar, a Kolkata-based module manufacturer and EPC contractor, has announced it has again been ranked as ‘Top Performer’ module manufacturer by PV Evolution Labs (PVEL)—an independent solar test lab previously operated by DNV GL.
The company has claimed this coveted position within the Product Qualification Program (PQP) List three times in the last four years and for the second consecutive year.
“Selection of top performers involves rigorous testing processes. Top performers have less than 2% module degradation following each reliability test sequence. Top performers for PAN performance are also in the top quartile of energy yield in PVsyst [modelling software] simulations”—read a company statement.
Earlier in 2019, Vikram Solar had received higher than average scores in PV module testing and claimed a position in PV Module Reliability Scorecard Report 2019.
This time, the company submitted SOMERA monocrystalline silicon and ELDORA polycrystalline silicon PV modules for accelerated stress testing in a controlled laboratory environment. State-of-the-art module characterization techniques were employed to retrieve results. The results met and exceeded international quality and performance benchmarks.
Speaking about the results, Saibaba Vutukuri, chief executive officer, Vikram Solar said, “The PQP test is a comprehensive evaluation of environmental sensitivities and degradation mechanisms of PV module designs and our modules went through tests like damp heat test, potential-induced degradation (PID) test and mechanical load test, securing high scores and proving bankability of our products.”
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