Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Concentrix Solar, a new division of the Soitec Group (Euronext Paris), announced that the company has received IEC certification 62108 for its CX-75 Flatcon module generation. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the world’s leading electrical and electronic standards organization. IEC 62108 is the CPV industry’s standard, ensuring that modules and assemblies are suitable for long-term operation in a wide range of outdoor climates.
“The IEC 62108 certificate is an important milestone, confirming that our new CX-75 module is ready for full, commercial deployment in utility-scale electricity production,” said Hansjörg Lerchenmüller, Concentrix Solar’s CEO. “It attests that our systems are capable of withstanding prolonged exposure in harsh climates and are designed to withstand severe environmental conditions such as rain, hail and high winds.”
The assessment was performed by the Spanish accredited testing institute Centro Nacional de Energías Renovables and certified by the Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification.
The certificate confirms that the Concentrix Solar CX-75 module successfully passed all the necessary IEC performance and accelerated aging tests and therefore received design qualification and type approval. Concentrix Solar’s previous module generation successfully had already passed the IEC tests in 2007.
The IEC 62108 standard specifies the requirements for the design qualification and type approval of CPV modules and assemblies suitable for long-term operation in demanding outdoor conditions. Since 2009, it has been the standard for the certification of CPV modules.
According to the testing standards for conventional PV modules, the IEC 62108 norm simulates environmental conditions and influences for CPV modules to verify the performance reliability and aging resistance. This includes among other things testing of hail impact, mechanical load, insulation and wet insulation as well as outdoor exposure.