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UL Unveils New Testing Facility in India to Support Growing Solar PV Industry

New state-of-the-art solar photovoltaic laboratory will provide cost-effective testing and certification services vital for the self-reliance of the Indian solar industry.

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October 9, 2020

Bengaluru, India, October 9, 2020 - UL, a leading global safety science company, today announced the launch of a new facility to meet the growing demand of the Indian solar photovoltaic (PV) industry for testing and certification services as per the latest International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards. UL developed the laboratory by expanding its existing solar PV laboratory in Bengaluru.

The new laboratory will help solar PV module manufacturers in India access global markets by providing testing and evaluation per the 2016 IEC editions as well as harmonized UL Standards and the UL Mark. The new facility also provides product evaluation under the International Electrotechnical Commission for Electrical Equipment Certification Body (IECEE CB) Scheme. UL can conduct a combined test program as per the aforementioned standards and test requirements for a sample module from the manufacturer leading to cost-effectiveness. 

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Suresh Sugavanam, vice president and managing director of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, UL, said: “We are committed to investing in building the necessary testing infrastructure and skilling of manpower to meet the ever-growing needs of the renewable energy industry. The new solar PV laboratory is a testament to this commitment as we look forward to supporting the industry with more resources in the short to long-term and contributing towards making it self-reliant.”

According to  Chakradhar Byreddy, director for renewables in Asia Pacific for UL, said: “The solar PV module industry has grown quickly in the last few years attracting investments and leading to mushrooming of technologies. Companies such as UL have a role in complementing BIS’s efforts in building the necessary testing capacity to support the rapid growth of the industry. UL’s new laboratory is one such step to ramp up the capacity to test latest PV module technologies, reduce the time frame for testing and enable faster time-to-market for manufacturers by using digital twins and reference module requirements for new PV technologies. More importantly, as it is a modular laboratory, it can be expanded further according to the demand.”

Sharing their views on the launch, Mr. Manoj Rout, general manager, Adani Solar, said, “UL has been a trusted partner for us in our journey in becoming one of the top 15 solar manufacturers in the world. The end-to-end services they provide in testing, certification and advisory domains and the global renewable energy industry expertise they offer made it an easy choice for us to partner with them.”

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Poornima Chandrashekaraiah

Regional Marketing – South Asia

UL

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