Wind Power

UL Launches New Services for Wind Turbine Certification

Product safety testing and certification company, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), announced that it will soon begin offering the testing and certification of wind turbines in accordance with new UL standard requirements for safety.

UL’s new service, offered in partnership with Germanischer Lloyd (GL), a wind energy equipment certification organization, will provide wind turbine manufacturers with safety compliance certifications that meet both U.S. and IEC requirements, the company says.

UL’s evaluation and support will cover the entire wind turbine, including components and assemblies, and qualify products to carry the UL Classified mark. UL’s work with wind turbines will be based at its Northbrook facilities but the company also intends to offer field evaluation services globally, also supported by GL. The company says that its portfolio of services is flexible; enabling manufacturers to choose the level of evaluation they need based on differences in turbines and their intended location and use.

“UL has been working with manufacturers for some time to certify wind turbine components. This new, expanded service will enable manufacturers to apply for system certification, which covers electrical and fire safety for the entire turbine,” said Jeff Smidt, Global Manager of Underwriters Laboratories Global Energy Business.

In addition to its investments in the wind power portfolio of services, UL is also actively pursuing business opportunities in other forms of renewable energy. The company recently established new photovoltaic testing facilities in San Jose, CA and Suzhou, China. 

Suzhou, China is fast becoming a hotbed for solar.  The city is also in the news today regarding its agreement with Canadian Solar Inc.  See the story here.