Solar

Photovoltaic Testing Network Expands

Testing and standards group TÜVRheinland is expanding its operations by opening a new test laboratory in Cologne, Germany, dedicated to analysis of solar systems.

The company says that its new site offers state-of-the-art technology for inspecting photovoltaic modules and solar thermal collectors and systems. It includes six climate chambers and five sun simulators, as well as two stations for mechanical load testing.

The 1800 m2 facility is three times larger than the previous Cologne test site, which could no longer meet the requirements of the rapidly growing solar energy market, the TÜV says.

“Approximately 70% of all manufacturers of solar modules worldwide have their products tested in TÜVRheinland laboratories in order to obtain international market licenses and gain the recognition of both users and investors,” said Stephan Schmitt, president and CEO of TÜV Rheinland North America Holding Company.