Intersolar Europe, MUNICH, GERMANY & SARRIGUREN, SPAIN: Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a world leader in safety testing and certification services, has intensified its talks with the National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain, CENER (Centro Nacional de Energias Renovables), to cooperate in the field of testing and certification of photovoltaic modules.
With the planned collaboration UL and CENER continue to expand their global footprint in renewable energy sector to meet growing demand.
It allows both parties to offer PV manufacturers to test and certify their products according to national and international standards as well as to UL standards by only one testing facility, and thus giving them easier, more cost effective and faster access to the international photovoltaic markets and in particular to the North-American market due to CENER’s local presence and a highly skilled engineering team communicating in local language.
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing standards for safety for over a century. UL is based in Northbrook, Illinois, U.S.A., and has recently opened Europe’s largest Photovoltaic Technology Center of Excellence near Frankfurt, Germany.
The National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER) is an international best-known and well-established technology centre specialized in applied research, and the development and promotion of renewable energies. The foundation began its activity in 2002 and the Board of Trustees comprises the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Science and Innovation, Ciemat (Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology), and the Government of Navarra.
It currently provides services and research achievements in 6 areas in the field of renewable energies: Photovoltaic Solar Energy, Solar Thermal Energy, Biomass Energy, Bioclimatic Architecture, Renewable Energy Grid Integration and Wind Energy. One of the main aims of the CENER Photovoltaic Solar Energy Department is to support the photovoltaic industrial sector with its developments and to help reduce the costs of this type of energy source, improving and increasing its possibilities of use.
CENER PV Laboratory performs PV modules tests according to the standards IEC 61215, IEC61646, IEC 62108 and IEC 61730. For this purpose, CENER is accredited by IEC and ENAC. This lab is also equipped for PV inverters tests.