PI Berlin already has a test laboratory in Berlin (pictured). Now it has launched an Indian subsidiary. For its India projects, it will use its Suzhou located lab as most modules used in India come from China (Photo Credit: PI Berlin)
- Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) has set up an Indian subsidiary located in Delhi
- Steven Xuereb, head of the PV Systems Business Unit at PI Berlin, will head lead India office
- PI Berlin will offer its laboratory tests for modules and quality control in planning, construction and operation of PV plants in India
The quickly growing PV market in India is attracting not only foreign modules and inverters but also established testing institutes like Germany’s Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin), which has set up a subsidiary to be based in Delhi, India.
The company will be managed by PI Berlin’s Head of the PV Systems Business Unit, Steven Xuereb, along with Dr. Saurabh Kumar, who will be the local coordinator for sales and customer service.
PI Berlin will be offering its laboratory tests for modules and quality assurance in planning, construction and operation of PV plants in India. It wants to help developers recognize errors during plant planning, module production, transport or installation with its consultation and monitoring.
Along with a test laboratory at its HQ in the German capital, PI Berlin has a lab in Suzhou China. Noting that most modules used in India are sourced from China, its Suzhou lab can provide ‘ quality inspections for the Indian market directly in the country of manufacture, so it’s a fast and straightforward process,’ said Steven Xuereb.
With solar system quality being a pressing issue, India has recently approved a quality control policy, Solar Photovoltaics, Systems, Devices and Components Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2017. Manufacturers of PV modules will have to obtain registration from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) (see India Approves Quality Control Policy For PV). In this context, Xuereb explained, “We will be able to help businesses inspect and implement large projects here too.”