Over 10GW of PV plants worldwide inspected, tested and certified
TÜV SÜD's milestones in the solar PV industry
Globally, solar photovoltaic (PV) has grown exponentially in the last few years due to its many advantages, which include maturity in technology, ease of deployment, scalability and grid parity.
TÜV SÜD’s services have grown apace with this expansion. 2016 marks a significant milestone for TÜV SÜD as our accumulated experience exceeds 10GW of solar PV.
TÜV SÜD is well-versed in identifying quality issues and risks throughout the PV project lifespan, from planning and design, to installation and construction, through to operations and maintenance as an independent and impartial third party for technical services. With most of our projects based in Europe, China, India, Japan and South East Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines), TÜV SÜD’s solutions include services related to PV module testing and certification, technical due diligence, owner’s engineer services, pre-shipment and post-shipment inspections, design review, energy yield analysis and grid compatibility.
Some of the key highlights include the Macquarie project in China, where our experts performed a technical due diligence review of nine PV plants with a total installed capacity of 360MW, as well as the largest PV project in India, where we provided project management for a 150MW system.
We are the only company to be recognised by the Sustainable Energy Agency of Malaysia to undertake grid compatibility testing as per local requirements, one example being the rooftop PV installations at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Currently, we are also engaged actively in Indonesia, where we are undertaking feasibility studies in line with local requirements for PV systems, providing assessments for off-grid PV and remote applications as well as testing for local PV manufacturers to meet the international product certification requirements for modules.
High investment and uncertainty over returns are often the misconceptions associated with PV. However, recent developments suggest that with the right risk mitigation approach, PV is a solid and viable option for businesses, developers and investors.
Third-party inspection and testing can be a very useful tool in order to identify, control and hence minimise these risks and as a result, to maximise profits for all PV plant stakeholders. It also a learning experience in terms of operational optimization for new and existing PV plants, ultimately contributing to building a credible project track record with investors.
In this year of our 150th anniversary, we at TÜV SÜD are best positioned to offer such valuable PV services to our clients and business partners.