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.
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.
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.
Lars Podlowski joins the Board of Directors at the Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin
Podlowski to establish a new business division
Dr. Lars Podlowski joined the Board of Directors of the Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) on 1 March 2017. In his new role, the PI Berlin’s co-founder and previous partner will expand its offerings to include services for module manufacturers. PI Berlin has been conducting tests and inspections to ensure the high quality of modules for solar power plants for more than ten years – now Podlowski is developing a portfolio of technical and business services to support established module manufacturers with research and development and to offer newcomers around the globe a jump start in setting up their own module production.
PI Berlin and IRESEN join forces to promote PV in Morocco
Dr. Paul Grunow, Co-founder and Board Member of the Photovoltaik Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) and Mr. Badr Ikken, General Director of l’Institut de Recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles (IRESEN) signed a cooperation agreement at the COP 22 climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco. The agreement defines a partnership to consolidate the engineering expertise of the two institutes to provide technical consulting services for solar PV projects in Morocco.