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Intertek inverter test lab expanding

Intertek expanded its Cortland, NY inverter test facility. The laboratory tests a wide variety of small to medium-sized inverters to U.S., Canadian and International safety and performance requirements.

(December 15, 2010) — Intertek (LSE: ITRK), testing, inspection and certification services provider, expanded its Cortland, NY inverter test facility. The laboratory tests a wide variety of small to medium-sized inverters to U.S., Canadian and International safety and performance requirements.

The expansion increases Intertek’s capacity to test multiple inverters in parallel, and extends the range of products that can be tested in this location to up to 150KW. Inverters are a critical part of distributed energy generation products, providing the means for making power derived from renewable energy sources compatible with the power grid, as well as providing safety functions for connection-to and disconnection-from the power grid for wind turbines, photovoltaic (PV) systems, fuel cells, and other types of generators.

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Because of their complex design and the rigorous test requirements of the standards, inverter testing can be time-consuming, which negatively impacts time to market for manufacturers. Intertek’s expanded capacity reduces queue times in the lab and helps manufacturers of renewable energy solutions get their products to market faster, the company says.

Intertek tests to the UL 1741 standard for “Inverters, Converters, Controllers and Interconnection System Equipment for Use With Distributed Energy Resources,” and the associated Canadian standard, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 107.1, “General Use Power Supplies.” Product certification ensures acceptance by state and local inspectors, and the utilities which control grid interconnection. Listing is a term defined by the National Electric Code (NEC) and indicates that the product has been found to comply with national safety standards by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). Intertek also tests to international standards for inverters, giving our clients access to global markets for their products.

In addition to accreditations covering global certification, Intertek is an OSHA-approved NRTL in the United States and a Canadian Testing Organization (TO) and Certification Organization (CO) accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). These accreditations authorize Intertek to evaluate and certify (List) products to a wide variety of national and international product safety standards. Products proven to comply with North American standards are eligible to bear a label with the ETL Listed Mark, the fastest-growing safety certification mark in North America.

Intertek provides quality and safety services serving a wide range of industries around the world, from auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification. For further information, visit www.intertek.com/renewable