Japanese company Mitsui Chemicals’ wants to roll out its diagnostics business for the Indian solar market. It plans to establish a module test lab that and will also provide services in project planning through to PV plant operations. (Source: Business Wire/Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.)
- Mitsui Chemicals has announced it is working to have a new solar PV panel testing and certification lab in Ahmedabad, Gujarat
- It has partnered with PI Berlin of Germany that has been using its Suzhou, China lab for quality inspections for India market
- The new facility will be used to conduct BIS certification tests; Mitsui ultimately wants to build a diagnostics business for solar panels and power plants
- Construction on the new facility will begin in October 2018, with testing operations will begin in August 2019
Japanese chemicals company Mitsui Chemicals is setting up a solar panel testing and certification lab in India’s Gujarat, in partnership with Germany’s PI Berlin. Since November 2017, PI Berlin has been present in India through the subsidiary it established here. It is using its Suzhou, China lab for quality inspections for the Indian market (see PI Berlin Expands To India).
Through its India testing lab, the Japanese company will conduct Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification tests that have become mandatory for solar panels in the country after a government order in September 2017. Recently, the country added lab testing guidelines for crystalline and thin film PV modules, including bifacial technology (see India Issues Guidelines For Module Testing).
Mitsui’s testing facility will be set up by Mitsui Chemicals India Pvt. Ltd. (MCIND). It will be headed by Suraj Arya as the President. It wants to establish a track record in BIS testing and certification and then use this to build a diagnostics business for solar panels and power plants, on the same lines as it has been operating back home in Japan.
Construction of the Mitsui facility will begin in October 2018 in Ahmedabad, with completion scheduled for March 2019. The facility is planned to start testing from August 2019 by when it expects to receive accreditation as a BIS testing and certification lab by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India.