Intertel receives IECEE certification for certifying CPV modules to IEC 62108
By Alyssa Dalton
March 6, 2012 – Intertek has been accredited by the IECEE (the Worldwide System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components) to issue IEC Certification Body (CB) reports for Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) modules to IEC 62108. Intertek’s Lake Forest, Calif., laboratory has been designated as the Certifying Body Testing Laboratory (CBTL) for IEC 62108.
The expansion of Intertek’s CPV scope to include CB reports for IEC 62108 adds to the company’s existing capabilities for testing to the UL Subject 8703 standard for CPV modules. Now, Intertek can provide CPV manufacturers with a CB certification and test report which can be used to obtain global certifications with IECEE member countries and participating Certification Bodies in addition to North American certification.
According to the company, the CPV market is poised for growth, and industry experts expect that by 2013 the amount of installed MW capacity from CPV technology will grow by approximately 90%.
“More than ever, the CPV market is experiencing technological advancements and market growth and manufacturers must move quickly to continue to drive down the cost of the CPV system and compete with more traditional PV modules,” said Sunny Rai, regional VP, Renewable Energy, Intertek.
“As an experienced CPV testing and certification agency, we work with some of the leading CPV manufacturers who are dedicated to meeting industry standards and requirements. We are pleased to now offer our clients a CB test report for IEC 62108, helping to drive acceptance of their products in this growing market,” he added.
The company’s expanded scope of CPV testing capabilities adds to its portfolio of renewable energy product testing and certification services, which includes a North American solar energy testing and certification solution.