Press release - Berlin/Delhi, 31.07.2018

PI Berlin examines risks facing PV projects in India

Study finds that “the Indian market is a double-edged sword”

The Indian market is one of the most profitable yet risky for project developers and investors in photovoltaics (PV). While large-scale projects of over 100 megawatts (MW) are now common, the investment risks caused by the climate, poor installation and lack of proper maintenance is on the rise. In a study conducted on behalf of the National Metrology Institute of Germany (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt – PTB), the PI Berlin has recently examined the most common risks facing Indian PV projects and how they can be avoided.

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Press release - Berlin, 07.03.2018

PI Berlin and SolarBuyer strengthening quality management from factory to the field

During a recent three-day integration summit in Berlin with employees of both the Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) and SolarBuyer, the new structure for a single, global team was created. The merger of both companies is yielding benefits to customers looking for a service provider who can manage all aspects of PV equipment quality ‘under one roof’. PI Berlin is now able to support PV projects and portfolios worldwide with a fully integrated equipment risk management and quality assurance service from factory to the field.

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Press release - Berlin, 18.12.2017

Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin to merge with SolarBuyer

Entry into the US market opens up new opportunities

As of January 1, 2018, the Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) will acquire 100 percent of the shares in the US company SolarBuyer. SolarBuyer is a leading provider of risk management and quality assurance services for buyers and investors in the solar industry. As a specialist in ensuring the manufacturing quality of solar modules and inverters, SolarBuyer has conducted more than 230 factory audits covering more than 62 GW of production capacity.

PI Berlin has been performing complimentary services, including the field inspection of solar power plants and laboratory testing of solar modules, for more than ten years. The merger will allow PI Berlin to gain a foothold in the US market, one of the most important photovoltaic markets in the world. At the same time, SolarBuyer’s customers will benefit from a broader range of testing and inspection capabilities available from PI Berlin’s laboratories in Germany and China.

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Press release - Berlin/Dehli, 14.11.2017

Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin creates subsidiary in India

Market’s demand for quality control particularly high

The Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) has created a subsidiary based in Delhi, India. In one of the most important markets worldwide for photovoltaics, there is particularly high demand for PI Berlin’s services, such as laboratory tests for modules and quality assurance in the planning, construction and operation of photovoltaic plants. The newly created company can now offer these services directly from a local base. It will be managed by Steven Xuereb, Head of the PV Systems Business Unit at PI Berlin, together with Dr Saurabh Kumar, who will act as local coordinator for sales and customer service.

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Press release - Berlin/Amman/Abu Dhabi, 09.01.2017

Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin ensures future profitability of PV power plants in Jordan

Module quality is a crucial factor in securing project profitability in this competitive environment

Acting as an independent consultant, the Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) has assisted in the acceptance of four photovoltaic power plants with a total capacity of 57 megawatts (MW) in Jordan. The project developer, Adenium Energy Capital, made use of the institute’s expertise to ensure its plants can generate the expected yields and rates of return. This is particularly important given the increasing pressure on price during tendering processes, which means that production losses can significantly impact the project’s viability. In addition to undertaking factory inspections, PI Berlin monitored production, conducted lab tests and performed the final inspection of modules in the field. The renowned institute is due to present its PV power plant services at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi from 16–19 January 2017.

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