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DSM appoints Country Manager for Solar Business in India

Gurgaon, IN, 18 May 2015 17:00 CEST

Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences Company, is to step up its focus on solar activities in India. The company has appointed Vivek Chaturvedi as Country Manager for DSM's solar business in India. Vivek will lead the expansion of DSM’s solar activities in India, which has been identified by DSM as one of the growth markets for its solar business, chiming with the Indian governments’ focus on this sector.
Vivek Chaturvedi, Country Manager for DSM's solar business in India

Mr. 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 also the Co-Chairman at FICCI Solar Energy Task Force for nearly five years since its inception in 2010.

Oscar Goddijn, Vice President DSM Advanced Surfaces, said “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.”

Vivek Chaturvedi, Country Manager India, Solar adds, “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.”

Solar energy technology will play a central role in the energy balance of the future – a role that will become even more critical and valuable as the technology becomes more efficient. DSM aims to accelerate the penetration of solar energy by focusing on the development and commercialization of technologies and materials solutions that increase the efficiency of solar modules, thereby increasing the energy generation and reducing the cost of solar electricity.

DSM showcases its breakthrough technologies in India through a 1 MW Solar PV plant at its Engineering Plastics facility in Pune, India, which was inaugurated last year. DSM’s flagship product in the solar market is the market-leading DSM Anti-Reflective Coating which is a thin porous glass layer with a thickness of approximately 100 to 150 nm that is applied to the cover glass of solar modules and strongly reduces the reflection of sun-light. The result is an increase in the energy output of these modules by up to 4%. At the Pune site, the coating is successfully applied to PV modules of different makes and models. The solar technologies demonstration center doesn’t just validate performance; the renewable energy generated provides 25% of the plant’s annual energy needs.

The center is now also testing a new light trapping technology which DSM is developing. This new technology utilizes plastic foils with a smart 3D structure, consisting of so called “corner cubes”. These are tiny cubes pointing upwards. The cubes allow the light to enter the solar module, yet 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%.

DSM in India

DSM in India is headquartered at Gurgaon, Haryana and currently employs 900 + employees across nine locations ( including JVs). The company operates in the areas of Nutrition (DSM Nutritional Products & DSM Food Specialties); Pharmaceuticals (DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals JV), Performance Materials (DSM Engineering Plastics, DSM Dyneema, DSM Resins & Functional Materials) and a Global Delivery Center based in Hyderabad, to manage back office finance and accounting activities globally. DSM’s strategy in India is to identify and build new business opportunities in the Life Sciences & Materials Sciences cluster. Its products find application in many areas that address India’s needs, in the areas of healthcare/nutrition, renewable energy and infrastructure.