Quality Roundtable @ Renewable Energy India Expo 2018


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What: Quality Roundtable at Renewable Energy Expo India 2018

When: September 18 from 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Where: Renewable Energy India Expo,Conference area, Sage Hall

As Indian PV scales up to between 7 – 8 GW of installations in 2018, large-scale tender sizes continue to increase and new applications emerge. In its 2018 Quality Roundtable India, pv magazine will host an high-level discussion touching on the role of new India Bureau of Standards regulations and their likely impact of quality in PV modules.

Three case studies, of projects where quality in components and installation has proven insufficient will also be presented and discussed by the expert panels.

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Focus themes at the 2018 Quality Roundtable India will include:

  • Evolution of standards in the Indian PV industry
  • Role of monitoring in fault detection, identification and remedy
  • Importance of materials when assessing module components
  • GW-scale tenders, domestic content provisions and impacts on quality
  • Cable and connector quality issues when confronted with tough environmental conditions
  • Site ground preparation shortfalls and remedies
  • The latest findings from DuPont's global field survey
  • Key findings and recommendations from quality assessments of six India projects

The event is highly recommended for project developers, insurance providers, and institutional investors.


11:00 – 11:15 UBM Welcome, speaker intro (UBM Moderator)

  • Welcome / Format (Jonathan Gifford, Managing Editor pv magazine global & DuPont)

Case Study 1 & 2

  • presentation (Jonathan Gifford & Asier Ukar, PI Berlin)
  • Case studies from India:
    • Case study I: 1,505 kWp Rooftop
    • Case study II: 50 MW Ground mounted

Presentation 1: Standards evolution in India (Chakradhar Byreddy, UL Asia Pacific)

  • BIS vs. IEC

11:15 – 12:15 Panel 1

  • Panel 1 introduction

Case studies 1 & 2 discussion

  • the role of standards in ensuring quality (Jonathan Gifford & Asier Ukar)
  • Expert Input: Rajaram Pai (DuPont), Rahul Sharma (SolarLog), Jan Mastny (Leoni)

Presentation 2: Monitoring (Rahul Sharma, SolarLog)

Presentation 3: Materials in PV module components (Jan Mastny, Leoni)

  • Quality in PV: Illusion or Reality – the importance of materials in PV components

Presentation 4: GW-scale policy + financing (Vibhuti Garg, IEEFA)

Case Study 3

  • presentation (Jonathan Gifford & Jitendra Morankar, NEXTracker)

Panel 2 introduction Jonathan Gifford

  • Short discussion of GW-scale tender fundamentals, opportunites, challenges
  • Discussion of Case Study 3 with co-MC Jitendra Morankar

12:10 – 01:00 Panel 2 (Jonathan Gifford & Jitendra Morankar)

  • Expert Input: Shailesh Bijegaonkar (Stäubli), Robin Li (JinkoSolar), George Touloupous (CEA)

Presentation 5: Cable and connector quality issues (Shailesh Bijegaonkar, Stäubli)

Presentation 6: Snapshot of DuPont Field Survey 2018 (Rajaram Pai, DuPont)

Presentation 7: Key investment risk takeaways – PI Berlin (Asier Ukar, PI Berlin)

  • Investment risks caused by the climate, poor installation and lack of proper maintenance: outcomes from six project evaluations


Invited Experts


Rajaram Pai
Business Leader, E&I South Asia and Marketing Manager – Photovoltaic Solutions, South Asia & ASEAN, DuPont

Rajaram Pai is the Business Leader, DuPont Electronics & Imaging South Asia and Marketing Manager, DuPont Photovoltaic (PV) Solutions, South Asia & ASEAN. He has extensive experience in the PV industry. Prior to joining DuPont in March 2011, Mr. Pai worked at Moser Baer Solar for over 4 years wherein he worked in senior management positions across Sales & Marketing, Operations and Projects



Jitendra Morankar
VP of Global Design Applications

With close to two decades of engineering experience in the energy industry, Jitendra Morankar serves as Vice President of Global Design Applications at NEXTracker, a Flex Company based in Fremont, California, USA. He works from the Hyderabad, India office and leads solar tracker design, engineering, R&D and Energy Storage teams. He is driving the team to deliver reliable and efficient tracker and energy storage system solutions.


Asier Ukar
Senior Consultant
PI Berlin

Asier has been at PI Berlin since 2008, where he has provided and supervised the provision of a range of services for PV power plant project developers and EPCs. He has provided inspection packages and concepts and worked on project sites. The range of services Asier has been involved in include: technical PV project design, yield assessment, inspection and measurement, feasibility studies and tender documentation. Previous to PI, Asier worked for Solon Berlin as a project assistant. He has a completed under and post-graduate qualifications in mechanical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe, Germany, and the University of Applied Sciences in Bilbao, Spain.

Vibhuti Garg
Energy economist

Vibhuti Garg promotes sustainable development through influencing policy intervention on energy pricing, subsidy reforms and deployment of clean energy. She has advised several private and public sector clients on commercial and market entry strategies, investment diligence on power projects, and the impact of power sector performance on state finances. She has worked in Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam and in the Caucasus.


Shailesh Bijegaonkar
Sales Manager
Stäubli India

Shailesh Bijegaonkar has been working since 2010 in the Energy/PV sector and joined early 2017 Stäubli Electrical Connectors (formerly Multi-Contact), which is part of the Stäubli Group, a technology leader and pioneer in the fields of electrical and fluid connectors, robotics and textile machinery since its foundation in 1892. In 1996 Stäubli introduced the first industrial photovoltaic connector (MC3) followed by the original MC4 in 2002 setting the industry standard ever since. Entering 2018 more than 200 GW photovoltaic capacity has been successfully con­nected with Stäubli photovoltaic con­nectors. As Sales Manager Shailesh he is responsible for the Alternative Energies product-portfolio in India and holds an Engineering Degree in Electronics and an MBA in Marketing.

Jan Mastny
Head of Global Sales

Jan Mastny heads the global sales assist in solar and wind for Leoni Studer. Jan has been active in the PV industry since 2005, and has worked with leading PV component manufacturers – previously with Onamba Japan and since 2015 with Leoni. He is currently responsible for global sales and market development, and has worked on a range of new projects, in R&D and product management. Jan is involved with a. number of international working groups and task forces. He is a passionate advocate for renewable energy and believes that clean energy is the key to keeping the earth beautiful for future generations.


Rahul Sharma
Senior Manager-Technical Applications
Solar-Log India

Rahul is working with Solar-Log since last two years and responsible for handling technical support, services and trainings for Solar-Log PV-monitoring products and services. Overall seven years of experience in technical applications and in pre-sales & post-sales-technical support; with a demonstrated history of working in the renewables/ decentralised power sector (especially in Solar PV, integrated PV-Diesel hybrid, diesel generators and in Hydro power plants) for monitoring, power management and power control applications. Earlier to Solar-Log was working in DEIF for around four years as the the part of Global support team. Skilled in Solar PV, Technical Support, Power Plants, PLC, SCADA, Power Control Equipments and HMIs; Strong technical background professional with a Bachelors of Technology focused in Electrical Engineering.


Dr. Chakradhar Byreddy
Director for Renewable Energy

As director for renewable energy in Asia Pacific at UL, Dr. Chakradhar Byreddy leads the testing, inspection, certification and advisory operations in the wind, solar and battery storage industries in the region. He also heads UL’s efforts for stakeholder engagement in the renewable energy space including various government ministries, regulators and industry associations.



Robin Li
Director of Technical Service & Product Management
Jinko Solar

  • With over 10 years of experience in PV industry
  • General Manager of  Technical Service and Product management Dept in Jinko
  • Prior to joining Jinko, Robin worked for Suntech as Quality Manager



George Touloupas
Director, Technology and Quality
Clean Energy Associates (CEA)

George Touloupas is the Director of Technology and Quality at the solar PV quality assurance, supply chain management and engineering services firm Clean Energy Associates. At CEA he leads projects centered on developing CEA’s internal quality standards, researching new production technologies, and developing new services. George has an extensive background in PV manufacturing, as well as downstream experience, working among others, prior to joining CEA, as the Chief Operating & Technical Officer at Philadelphia Solar in Jordan and Technical & Operations Director at Recom.




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