India’s first mobile solar photovoltaic (PV) testing lab, designed and developed by Mahindra Susten, has completed a milestone 1 GWp of plant testing. Mahindra Susten is part of the $20.7 billion Mahindra Group.
The Mobile PV Lab offers revolutionary technology, which is unique in Asia. It is a one-stop mobile solution, which allows performance analysis of solar PV modules, which constitute nearly 70 per cent of the investment for a new solar PV plant, at the site itself. The testing procedure used in the lab ensures reliability and repeatability in line with standard procedures, leading to similar or better results than any stationary laboratory.
The lab has been accredited with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certification from the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories, an autonomous society providing recognition for technical competence during testing and calibration work. It has Mutual Recognition Arrangements with several organisations including the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC), Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA), and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
The reports generated from the NABL accredited PV labs are at par with the ILAC and APLAC certifications and are accepted across 73 countries. Results from the tests conducted at the Mahindra Susten lab are useful to all stakeholders, developers, lenders, manufacturers, EPC companies or even O&M companies, since they are an important decision-making tool in case of warranty claims against PV module manufacturers or even to ensure the health and proper functioning of the PV equipment.