On December 27, 2017, TÜV Rheinland celebrated the 10th anniversary of its PV Laboratory in Shanghai. Nearly 100 experts and scholars, as well as enterprise representatives from the PV industry, attended the grand event and had a tour of the PV Laboratory - estimated to be 2,500 square meter, located at TÜV Rheinland’s Shanghai branch.
Empowering PV enterprises to globalise with localised testing support
As one of six state-of-the-art TÜV Rheinland’s PV laboratories worldwide, TÜV Rheinland Shanghai PV Laboratory was established in 2007 as China’s first wholly foreign-owned laboratory, with an all-round localisation testing capacity. Over a decade’s development, the laboratory has been equipped with more than 10 large and medium-sized pieces of environmental testing facilities, more than 20 sets of safety testing facilities and various performance testing instruments. As of current, it has developed related testing capabilities for PV components, modules , inverters and energy storage systems, and provides professional and accessible testing services for more than 100 domestic customers in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hebei, Anhui, Guangdong and other provinces. Globally, the laboratory has also provided services for 30 overseas customers from Germany, the United States, Japan, South Korea and other countries.
• At its inception in 2007, the laboratory was able to provide some testing in accordance with standards IEC 61215 and IEC 61730-1/2, together with testing and certification services for junction boxes and connectors.
• In 2007, the laboratory initiated testing and certification services for PV inverters.
• At the beginning of 2009, the laboratory started to shape its all-round testing capacity, with NOCT and outdoor testing developed in Wuxi, Jiangsu.
• In 2010, the TÜV Rheinland PV Laboratory became the first CBTL in China accredited by the IEC.
• In 2011, the laboratory received its qualification for all-round UL 1703 testing and launched IEC+UL testing packages.
• Since 2014, the laboratory has offered PV backsheet testing and certification services.
As a global leader in the certification and testing of solar power stations, PV modules, inverters, components and energy storage systems, and benefiting from 35 years’ experience in the PV sector, TÜV Rheinland now serves more than 80% of PV manufacturers worldwide. TÜV Rheinland has set up a pool of nearly 300 PV experts, and runs six world-class PV test centres in mainland China, Taiwan, Germany, the United States, Japan and India, expanding its PV business to the major PV markets —— Asia, Europe , North America, etc.
At the laboratory’s 10th anniversary celebrations, Chris Zou, Vice President of Solar/Fuel Cell Technology of TÜV Rheinland Greater China, explained that, “Due to the rapid growth of a global PV industry as an emerging renewable energy source, we will face ever more intense market competition and higher entry barriers as new materials, technologies and application models proliferate”. However, he mentioned, TÜV Rheinland’s spirit of sustained innovation and professional service provision will enable the organisation to meet these challenges. He added that, “Over the last decade, TÜV Rheinland has set up a state-of-the-art laboratory in Shanghai armed with the most sophisticated testing instruments and a cutting-edge technical team. The laboratory is well positioned to provide one-stop localisation services for PV enterprises in China and help them to improve their product quality, shorten their development and testing lead-time and smoothly enter overseas target markets”.
Mr Zou went on to describe the organisation’s plans for future success. He further shared that “Moving forward, TÜV Rheinland will continue to support governments, institutions, peers and industrial alliances in related technical sectors while boosting the sustainable, high-speed and healthy development of the PV industry”.
TÜV Rheinland Officially Inaugurates 2018 White Paper on the Development of the Energy Storage Industry
As one of the highlights of the celebrations, Weichun Li, General Manager of Solar/Fuel Cell Technology of TÜV Rheinland Greater China, and Ms. Jing Zhang, Secretary-General of the China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA) officially inaugurated the 2018 White Paper on the Development of the Energy Storage Industry. Jointly drawn up by TÜV Rheinland and CNESA, the white paper is scheduled to be released in March 2018.
With the continuous increase in the installed capacity of distributed PV, topics such as BIPV and the integration of PV with energy storage systems have become the spotlight. “Energy storage”, once deemed merely a fancy term for the ubiquitous battery, now symbolises a completely new industry. Energy storage in combination with distributed PV can reduce users’ electricity costs via the time-of-use pricing mechanism; it can also offer power auxiliary services and increase returns, as long as power quality and safety are ensured.
Anticipating an imminent explosion in the energy storage market, TÜV Rheinland and CNESA have teamed up to conduct a systematic blanket investigation of the industry and collect relevant data. They hope to provide scientific insights for enterprises in the industrial chain, helping them to gain an overall understanding of the latest development trends in the energy storage industry and seize market opportunities. The 2018 White Paper on the Development of the Energy Storage Industry will systematically detail the size of the energy storage markets in all major countries worldwide, the countries’ related policies and trends in the development of key energy storage technologies; provide a market forecast; and show how to select an energy storage system that is both safe and of a guaranteed high quality. TÜV Rheinland hopes that this white paper will help enterprises to seize critical opportunities to commercialise their technical innovation.
2018 “All Quality Matters” Solar Congress
The winners of the 2017 “All Quality Matters” Awards were recognised again at the celebrations. Launched by TÜV Rheinland, the “All Quality Matters” Award is renowned within the PV industry. Its aim is to standardise and set benchmarks for product quality. It also rewards enterprises for developing products of excellent quality. Over its 3-year history, TÜV Rheinland’s “All Quality Matters” Award has carved out an excellent reputation in the industry. The annual “All Quality Matters” Solar Congress is also a magnet for professional elites and represents the future of the PV industry.
The fourth “All Quality Matters” Solar Congress and “All Quality Matters” Award Ceremony will be held in Wuxi, Jiangsu, from March 22 to 23, 2018. Emphasising “Quality, Brand and Benefit”, three core areas for development in the PV industry, the Congress will offer PV enterprises advice on the most advanced and latest PV technologies and investment, financing and business innovation models appropriate to the PV industry, with the ultimate goal of creating a boom in the PV sector.