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Waaree Energies rated top performer in PVEL’s 2023 PV Module Reliability Scorecard

India’s Waaree Energies has been recognized as Top Performer after its solar modules met international quality and performance benchmarks set by PVEL.


Adani Solar modules rated top performer for sixth consecutive year

Adani Solar has been rated as a Top Performer in PV Evolution Labs’ PV Module Reliability Scorecard 2023, becoming the only Indian PV manufacturer to secure this title for six consecutive years.

Premier Energies solar panels rated ‘Top Performer’ by PVEL

Premier Energies’ 88 modules spanning 400 W, 450 W, 500 W, and 540 W series qualified as Top Performer after PVEL’s rigorous Product Qualification Program.

Vikram Solar modules top performer for fifth consecutive year

Vikram Solar’s Paradea mono PERC 144-cell bifacial glass-glass modules have won the Top Performer position in PV Evolution Labs’ 2023 PV Module Reliability Scorecard. With this, Vikram Solar has claimed the title for the fifth consecutive year and the sixth time in the last seven years. 

Avoiding PV buyer’s remorse

New entrants to solar equipment procurement may be surprised to encounter constantly amended contract terms, index-linked price rises, and near-worthless defect warranties, but they reflect recent supply chain troubles. Clean Energy Associates’ Martin Deak offers a buyers guide.


IIT Kanpur, Lohum collaborate on lithium battery testing for safety and sustainability

IIT Kanpur and Lohum will work together to advance lithium-ion battery testing technology and techniques for evaluating battery raw material quality. Lohum will additionally sponsor R&D labs at IIT Kanpur, provide a research fellowship to Ph.D. students, and help IITK commercialize its research outcomes.

Indian PV market must invest in quality infrastructure

In its latest monthly column for pv magazine, the International Renewable Energy Agency shares a series of recommendations gathered from sector experts to help India reach its ambitious solar targets. According to its experts, Quality Infrastructure (QI) will be crucial for the country’s PV market in the years to come. QI is an interdependent ecosystem of the different elements (accreditation, certification, standards, testing, metrology, inspection & monitoring) working together in harmony, and all associated services should be developed in unity and not in a piecemeal fashion. A sound and internationally harmonized QI not only ensures that PV products and services deliver as expected by customers and national energy authorities, but also enables more efficient and competitive markets based on a global economy on scale.

Vikram Solar R&D lab receives NABL accreditation

The West Bengal-based solar manufacturing and EPC solutions company said its lab is now accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories to test high-efficiency PV panels.

Elusive longevity

The expected lifetime of PV inverters is significantly shorter than that of modules. In many projects, inverter replacement is included in financial calculations from the start, despite the high costs. Research is being conducted into the causes of faults to develop more durable inverters and components. But plant design can already improve the lifespan of inverters in use today, reports pv magazine Germany’s Marian Willuhn.

Schüco warns of more solar modules with defective backsheets

Schüco has expanded its recent warning letter about potential solar panel defects to include more products. The new list includes PV modules the company delivered between 2010 and 2014.

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