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In an exclusive chat with SolarQuarter India magazine, Sumit Mehta, Co-founder & Director, of Pixon Energy shared his views on the present solar manufacturing business. He gave us an overview of their products and what makes them stand out from others, their present capacity, and future capacity expansion plans.
What is your view on the current solar manufacturing business in India?
India already has 3GW of solar cell production capacity and 15 GW of module production capacity. Following an increased allocation of Rs 19,500 crore in the FY23 Union budget for the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for high-efficiency solar modules, the proposal to boost local manufacturing has been announced. This is on top of the Rs4,500 crore already set up for solar photovoltaic module production under the plan.
India plans to levy a basic customs tariff of 40% on modules and 25% on solar cell imports on April 1st, prompting the production push. A substantial manufacturing zone is also being established in each of the three states to generate power and renewable energy equipment: a coastline state, a mountain state, and a landlocked state.
India wants to become more involved in the global supply chain network. PLI schemes aim to help India become a global manufacturing powerhouse by removing sectoral barriers and leveraging economies of scale to create whole component ecosystems.
At the COP26 meeting in Glasgow in November, India vowed to reduce carbon emissions by 1 billion tonnes by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2070.
Please give us a brief overview of your products.
Basically, PIXON manifests into solar products and creating quality solutions for the customers. The organization is very exceptional with a best-in-class turnkey manufacturing facility of 400MW limit. Our Modules radiate excellence through quality and high return. PIXON offers exceptionally productive modules tried in our in-house PV Module Test Lab. Our top-notch scope of solar modules is designed in India utilizing European innovation and technology. We essentially produce 5 distinct sorts of Solar modules:-
- Mono-Crystalline PERC Modules.
- Poly-Crystalline Modules
- Poly-Crystalline DCR Modules
- Poly-Crystalline Half-Cut Cell Modules
- Mono-Crystalline PERC Half-Cut Cell Modules.
The PIXON’s PID-free EVA films provide higher productivity and lower shrinkages. The range of EVA Films includes:
• PIX Fast Cure EVA Film
PIXON PIX Fast Cure EVA films ensure that the solar cells are protected and solar modules provide a better performance, even while facing the utmost harsh weather conditions.
• PIX Ultra-Fast Cure EVA Film
PIXON’s PID-free EVA films are suitable for all the types of solar cells and back sheets with a cycling time of fewer than 10 minutes that speeds up your module production to provide increased yield.
PIXON also gives turnkey Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Services for the installation activities. We have an in-house, all-around prepared, and devoted EPC group for the execution of solar energy projects. We additionally also provide Ground Mounted Solar solutions, Rooftop Solar solutions, and Floating Solar solutions.
How are your products different from other players in the market?
The prime USP of the organization is that it is wholly and solely dependent on a single vendor which is our machinery. PIXON has been exceptional even on specialized grounds. While the greater part of the competitors in the industry uses different sources of vendors for their production line. PIXON has purchased the best-in-class, turnkey machinery from Europe. This permits better quality and service as it works on the sync between various machinery of the single production line. Our Modules radiate excellence through quality and high return. PIXON offers exceptionally productive modules tried in our in-house PV Module Test Lab. Our top-notch scope of solar modules is designed in India utilizing European innovation and technology.
Our Modules radiate excellence through quality and high return. PIXON offers exceptionally productive modules tried in our in-house PV Module Test Lab. Our top-notch scope of solar modules is designed in India utilizing European innovation and technology.
How is the business at PIXON progressing so far in 2022?
The role you play is very important for the success or achievement of any organization. Many challenges come in the way of achieving your goals but after defeating those problems as a team we can make our path easier. As an innovation-driven company, PIXON keeps an open door to innovation, ideas, and trends that can propel growth. Innovation is the keystone, and it’s important to foster creativity, whether it’s in infrastructure, work culture, or processes. PIXON is a community of young talents and seasoned professionals who collaborate to carry out creative operations with sustainable innovations. The team stays open to new ideas to foster creativity in every aspect. With time, PIXON seeks to incorporate resources that improve its creative angle, be it technology, talent, or processes. Its team is committed to tech prosperity and is always scouring the market for new ideas and trends in order to reach its ultimate aim.
What is the present manufacturing capacity? What plans for capacity addition do you have this year?
Currently, our annual production capacities stand as below:
- 360 MW annually for 335wp Polycrystalline 72 cell modules
- 400 MW annually for 395wp Monocrystalline PERC 72 cell modules
- 1 GW of Solar EVA manufacturing capacity for all types of Solar Modules
The expansion for the new MBB line will be done in H2 2022 which will be able to accommodate and supply capacities as below:
- November 2022 – 250 MW annually for 540+ Wp Modules.
- January 2023 – Additional 250 MW annually for 540+ Wp modules (So our total capacity will reach around 1 GW by January 2023).
- H2 2023 – we will upgrade the current line of 400 MW into MBB or other prevailing technology.
All the above facilities are located on the same premises, moreover, we have space planning to reach up to 3 GW of expansion.