The new test centre is located in Electronics City which, with around 160,000 employees in over 120 companies, is the hub of Indias high-tech industry, from IT to electronics right through to energy. The Indian government has recently launched wide-ranging programs, for example with the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, to expand the solar industry and utilize solar energy throughout the country. India is already planning to install 20,000 megawatts of photovoltaic (PV) power by 2020, with 100,000 megawatt by 2030.
TÜV Rheinland says it will therefore strengthen its service offering in India for solar power stations, encompassing planning, consulting, operation and maintenance. In addition, services will be provided for ensuring the quality and safety of modules and components, as well as monitoring production quality. When testing and certifying according to IEC and other international standards, the experts in the laboratory can make use of the latest test facilities.
"Our investment program for the solar industry aims to place our services within easy reach of companies in and for all booming markets and to offer them large test capacities. India cannot be neglected here. In addition, all our customers can call upon the decades of expertise gained by our now 180 experts around the world to test and certify systems, modules and components," declared Friedrich Hecker, CEO of TÜV Rheinland AG. This is made possible by the extremely close interlinking of all seven of TÜV Rheinlands test laboratories. This goes for both PV and solar thermal technology.