Waaree’s Flexible Solar Offers Hopes For Solarising Transport: Neha Bansal, Dy Manager (R&D)

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Neha Bansal Sainbhi, Deputy Manager (R&D) at Waaree, recently talked to Saur Energy and shared details on the latest launches by the company. Excerpts: 

Waaree’s Flexible Solar Offers Hopes For Solarising Transport: Neha Bansal, Dy Manager (R&D) Waaree's Flexible Solar Offers Hopes For Solarising Transport: Neha Bansal, Dy Manager (R&D)

What are the latest products Waaree is offering for solar consumers?

We have come up with customized balcony PV systems where we are offering our modules along with micro inverters, AC-DC cables and others so that we can meet the needs of consumers living in apartments or high-rise buildings. They can use it to reduce their overall monthly bills. Besides this, we have also launched half-cut uniform modules, HJT and TOPCOn cell technology, flexible solar panels and others. We are also offering frameless modules for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) needs. 

How do you see the scope of TOPCOn technology in India? 

Waaree has launched n-type TOPCOn technology for its consumers. We are offering it under the Li Series. The technology has a significant market share now. It is expected that by 2025, the sec will have around 60-70% market share dominated by TOPCOn. We are happy to announce that we are soon coming up with a n-type Topcon manufacturing unit with a capacity of 5.4 GW. We are now all set to make our solar cells of TOPCon. 

What is the benefit you see from your HJT-based modules? 

Waaree has launched its n-type hetero-junction (HJT) solar cell-based modules of 715 watts. The main benefit we see in this is the high power generation and low degradation due to the low-temperature coefficient, which is around -2.6 degrees. As this is n-type, the degradation is about 1 percent in the first year. 

How much potential has your flexible solar system shown in the market?

Flexible solar is one of the unique products that we offer. We tried this product in discos where we asked people to dance on the module. While in normal modules, the loss of power in such cases could have gone as low as 50 percent, in flexible solar, we saw 92 percent power retention even after people danced on it for three hours. This product has good usage in moving vehicles like high-speed trains, trucks and sports segments. We have some demand for this in the US market. 

How do you see the levels of technological advancement of solar technology in India? 

Currently, compared to China, we lack cell fabrication. Few manufacturers are making solar cells. But cell production also depends on wafers, ingots and other components. Waaree is one of the few Indian players to win awards under the PLI scheme. We received around Rs 1900 crore to develop our wafers and cell segment up to 6 GW. We are coming up with even more capacity where we can develop our own wafers and cells. 

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