India is one of the most progressive countries when it comes to setting ambitious goals to address climate change. Under National Solar Mission, 100 GW of Solar PV is to be deployed by 2022, while we currently have just over 25 GW deployed by the end of 2018. PV modules are sold with warranties >25 years, which is unmatched by any consumer grade electronic product. They are expected to deliver desired performance for long periods of time in extreme environments. At the same time, the module prices have been dropping due to innovation in manufacturing, supply chain and financing of PV companies. Continuously reducing prices, changing bills of materials and deployments in harsh environments pose unique challenges in evaluating and assuring the reliability of PV modules especially those deployed in India. The speaker would share perspectives on current state of the art in this field, and highlight the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us in near future.
Dr. Narendra Shiradkar is a faculty member at Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay and leads the PV Reliability Group of National Center for Photovotlaic Research and Education (NCPRE). He is also the co-leader of the Task Group 4 of International PV Quality Assurance Task Force (PVQAT) working on bypass diodes and junction boxes. He has been actively involved in the international standards development bodies for designing standards for PV modules deployed in hot climates. Before joining IIT Bombay, he has worked at the PV Division of Jabil Circuit Inc, USA as Photovoltaic Research Engineer for about 3 years and he has a PhD in PV Reliability from Florida Solar Energy Center, USA. He is also a graduate of IIT Bombay with B. Tech in Electrical Engineering and M.Tech in Microelectronics.