Integrated PV firm Tata Power Solar has doubled its module manufacturing capacity and raised its cell capacity by 65% at its plant in Bangalore, southern India.
The firm has also modernised and fully automated the whole facility, while claiming to have reached full capacity in record time and ahead of global benchmarks.
Tata’s second expansion in three years, made to keep up with increasing demand, brings the facility from 200MW to 400MW in modules and 180MW to 300MW in cells.
At the firm’s Delhi offices in January, Ashish Khanna, executive director and CEO, Tata Power Solar, told PV Tech: “This industry requires continuous investment in technologies, unlike many other industries. If you look at automobiles then [investments] are incremental, but solar is one where, if you are in the manufacturing area, you have to continuously invest in technologies. Otherwise you are not at the helm of the technologies or the product will die its own death.”
He said that orders tend to come for more than 100MW at a time in the current market, hence the need to expand and automate – adding that automation also helps to improve quality.
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