Royal DSM, a global life sciences and materials sciences company, is to step up focus on solar activities in India. It recently appointed Vivek Chaturvedi as Country Manager for the solar business in India. Chaturvedi will lead the expansion of DSM’s solar activities in India, which has been identified by the company as one of the growth markets for its solar business.
Chaturvedi joined DSM in the beginning of 2015 and brings with him over 20 years of experience gained across different industries and companies. He was Co-chairman of the FICCI Solar Energy Task Force for nearly five years since its inception in 2010.
“We are excited at the opportunities presented by the market in India. DSM will bring in a portfolio of state of the art technologies that will make solar energy more viable and affordable. Vivek will be in the lead to accelerate this expansion,” said Oscar Goddijn, Vice President, DSM Advanced Surfaces, in a statement.
According to the company, solar energy technology is going to play a central role in the energy balance of the future and that role will turn even more critical and valuable as technology became more efficient.
“DSM aims to accelerate the penetration of solar energy by focusing on the development and commercialisation of technologies and materials solutions that increase the efficiency of solar modules, thereby increasing the energy generation and reducing the cost of solar electricity,” it said.
“The next step change in bringing down the cost of solar energy will be driven by improvement in efficiencies. DSM technology, products and new business models will help achieve this,” added Chaturvedi.
DSM showcases its breakthrough technologies in India through a 1-MW solar PV plant at its engineering plastics facility in Pune that was inaugurated last year. The company’s flagship product in the solar market is the market-leading DSM Anti-Reflective Coating, a thin porous glass layer with a thickness of approximately 100 to 150 nm. When applied to the cover glass of solar modules, it strongly reduces the reflection of sunlight resulting in increase in the energy output of the modules by up to 4 per cent. The coating has been successfully applied to PV modules of different makes and models at the Pune site.
The solar technologies demonstration center is now also testing a new light trapping technology being developed by DSM. The new technology utilises plastic foils with a smart 3D structure, consisting of so called “corner cubes”. These are tiny cubes pointing upwards and allow the light to enter the solar module but at the same time prevent the light from reflecting back out of it. Effectively the light is trapped inside the module, producing more energy as a result. Depending on the type, location and age of the module, the energy yield can increase by up to an additional 6 to 12 per cent with the use of the technology.
DSM in India is headquartered at Gurgaon, Haryana. The company operates in the areas of nutrition, pharmaceuticals and performance materials. DSM’s strategy in India is to identify and build new business opportunities in the life sciences and materials sciences cluster. Its products find application in many areas including healthcare/nutrition, renewable energy and infrastructure.