Grid Scale, Solar

Spire to Provide Solar Simulator to TUV Rheinland

Spire Corporation announced that it has delivered equipment for test and certification operations to TÜV Rheinland PTL LLC. TÜV Rheinland is a new private venture that is upgrading the technology and know-how of the former Arizona State University Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory (ASU-PTL).

The recently opened 40,000 square foot facility is equipped with state-of-the-art solar simulators and temperature-humidity environments. Clients can take advantage of full system testing for all photovoltaic (PV) system components, including inverters, grid-tied electronics, controllers, motion and tracking devices as well as wireless control electronics. In addition, clients can get technical direction and testing on standards for newly emerging technologies such as concentrating PV, concentrating solar power and building-integrated PV.

The venture is the product of a long-term collaboration between TÜV Rheinland and ASU. The former ASU-PTL, established in 1992, was the first accredited photovoltaic qualification testing laboratory in the United States and one of only a few in the world.

“Spire simulators are recognized worldwide as state-of-the art, with the highest performance and accuracy,” said Stephen Hogan, executive vice president and general manager, Spire Solar of Spire Corporation. “By using Spire systems, our clients will feel more comfortable with the accuracy of their measurements during the certification procedures. We will provide TUV Rheinland with the level of experience and guaranteed satisfaction that we have provided our customers worldwide.”