Advances in technology have contributed to rising market demands for cleaner, smarter and more affordable energy. One response to this demand is solar energy; more than just a global trend – it’s a global reality. In fact, 2016 saw the global Photovoltaic (PV) market complete its 10th consecutive year of growth, with India set to become the third largest market in 2017 – behind China and the USA.
CSA Group tests and certifies PV components as part of a commitment to supporting safe and efficient renewable energy products. As manufacturers of these products, you can play a critical role in promoting sustainable energy production and reducing carbon emissions.
Utilizing state-of-the-art test facilities, we provide customized testing services that examine the reliability, performance and quality of your products under conditions that accurately simulate solar energy service. This attention to detail can streamline your product development and optimization efforts, producing significant near- and long-term time and cost savings.
State-of-the-Art Testing Facilities
We are able to offer exceptional testing service due to the quality of our photovoltaic/environmental testing facilities that include:
- Advanced technology solar simulators to precisely reproduce high intensity light
- Environmental chambers to evaluate performance in controlled temperature and humidity
- A light-soak chamber to simulate extended sunlight exposure
- IEC testing capabilities to help ensure conformity with international safety and performance standards
- An expansive outdoor testing area allows us to evaluate your PV modules on fixed racks and dual axis trackers
PV Racking and Tracking Systems
Successful use of solar energy depends on safe mounting of racking and tracking systems. CSA Group tests and certifies photovoltaic racking and tracking systems – full or component certification – to verify compliance with the requirements of relevant national and international standards – including ANSI/UL, CAN/CSA and IEC. Included are electrical grounding/bonding verification, mechanical testing, fire performance, and environmental conditioning verification for rooftop installations.
C450 – A Testing Protocol Built for the PV Sector by the PV Sector
In response to and in collaboration with our many stakeholders in the PV sector, CSA Group developed a uniform best practice document that brings current PV testing protocols under one umbrella. Published in 2017, C450 Photovoltaic (PV) Module Testing Protocol for Quality Assurance Programs is currently available as an express document (EXP450) in PDF format. CSA Group is actively working on gaining an ANSI standard (C450) for the testing protocol, to demonstrate further consensus into the need and importance of such a program.
CSA Group offers testing programs based on C450 through its state-of-the-art labs in both the U.S. and China. Our testing capabilities are designed to provide full scope testing of PV modules to latest protocols.