A key aspect of STS success is its leadership daily involvement in project execution and success.
STS was founded in 2010 by solar veteran Alexandre Minuzzo and quality expert Thibaut Lemoine with the objective of validating the quality of PV modules about to be shipped to PV system sites, in an impartial, detailed and cost-effective way. STS initially established a mass-scale PV modules testing center in China, which helped the company gained unique knowledge in product quality and requirements. It was the basis for STS future in-house technical development in designing the most comprehensive PV modules quality requirements, and later drafting its first quality assurance plan applicable to PV modules buyers. Since then, versions have evolved to adapt industrial improvements and emerging manufacturing challenges, and they now appear as the industry’s benchmark to implement quality assurance.
Today, STS is the world’s largest PV modules inspection agency, serving leading EPCs, project developers, utility and IPPs in all continents.
By 2020, STS targets to inspect yearly 10% of the global PV crystalline module production; to achieve this goal, the company will continue to provide cost-effective and most reliable quality-related solutions to PV system stakeholders worldwide, and constantly support PV module vendors increase their manufacturing operations stability.
Further, its development team is underway to expand its portfolio of PV-related quality assurance and technical services to fully satisfy the demand of its quality-conscious clients, in the sectors of testing and balance-of-system inspections. In the long run, STS plans to incorporate a site-level inspection towards pv plant efficiency assessment and optimization.
Today, STS is leading its market by providing services adapted to clients’ megawatt and gigawatt-scale projects, including:
- 24/7 Production Supervision
- Pre-Shipment Inspection
- Laboratory Testing Services
- Container-Loading Check
- Factory Audit
- Product Performance Assessment
- Quality Assurance Plan
- Manufacturing Best-Practice and Optimization
This portfolio of services further strengthens STS specialization in a sector that requires deep expertise, 100% focus on inspection as a mainstream activity, and that cannot allow conflict of interests.With an attitude towards keeping clients interests paramount and adding value by bringing the most comprehensive quality assurance plan scheme in the industry, STS is known as the most trustful company who can ensure quality over its competitors.
Strong emphasis is given to its team’s professionalism, high standards, and trustworthiness. On top of its ISO9001 accreditation and procedures, a series of mechanisms are put in place to ensure that results delivered to clients are of utmost integrity, and lower risks of human errors and unseen manufacturing failures.
Thanks to advanced analytics pushed by its leadership, STS is able to provide its Clients with intelligent metrics to track order manufacturing performance in real-time, benchmark their suppliers’ performance, and make quality-oriented and informed decisions.
A key aspect of STS success is its leadership daily involvement in project execution and success. Its President Alexandre Minuzzo is based in China to assist clients in quality-related negotiations with manufacturers and takes part in multiple projects.STS operations team based in Shanghai, China, is focused on inspections planning, procedures and execution. In total, STS counts 70 full-time staffs including more than 50 fully-trained PV modules inspectors.
STS work is acknowledged by industry leaders, including world’s largest solar EPC Sterling & Wilson (outside USA and China), industry utility leader Enel Green Power, leading developers including ReNew Power, Shapoorji Pallonji, Greenko among many key Indian and worldwide players.
As a testimony of its market leadership, STS was designated as the agency to inspect 24/7 the PV modules production for the world’s largest PV systems underway in the United Arab Emirates (1.2GWp). Only STS is capable of applying strict inspection methods at such a large-scale thanks to its unique organization, understanding of the critical aspects of PV modules manufacturing, and the talent and passion of its team.