Date: October 04, 2011
To address the growing demand for energy efficient and sustainable products and services, CSA International, a leading testing and certification organization, today officially unveiled four new fully operational laboratories within its Cleveland, Ohio facility. The new labs are dedicated to providing a comprehensive suite of cost-effective third-party testing to help ensure appliances and components for hydrogen vehicles and fuelling stations meet advanced standards recognized worldwide.
“This lab will be one of the only facilities in North America to offer a testing and certification program for hydrogen products manufactured across the globe,” said Rich Weiser, vice president for U.S. and Mexico operations, CSA Group. “CSA has long been recognized as an industry leader in certifying compressed natural gas products. As the sustainable energy sector continues to grow, CSA will be able to draw on this proven and extensive expertise to help ensure our customers are successful and that consumers have confidence in these tested and certified fuel efficient and energy efficient products.”
The lab’s stringent testing processes are designed to meet nationally-recognized Hydrogen Vehicle Component and Infrastructure Standards. With estimates that 5,200 hydrogen fueling stations will be operational worldwide by 2012, CSA’s comprehensive testing methods will help alternative energy products come to market swiftly and cost-effectively.
In addition to the hydrogen components lab, CSA officially opened the doors on three other new in-house labs for the energy efficiency testing of ceiling fans, commercial and residential refrigerators, and fuel burning devices and products. The new the new ceiling fan testing lab is one of the only independent labs to measure ceiling fan airflow while the refrigerator lab provides independent third-party qualification and verification for all ENERGY STAR®-eligible refrigerators.
The 128,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Cleveland facility provides testing capabilities to help manufacturers produce reliable and safe alternative energy products and components for hydrogen vehicles and fuelling stations that are critically important in helping to address the growing demand for energy efficient products and alternative energy vehicles.
CSA has extensive experience in certifying components for alternative energy vehicles. In addition to testing of hydrogen components, CSA has also recently updated its compressed natural gas (CNG) lab in Cleveland in response to increased demand. Similar to hydrogen components, CSA tests and certifies globally sourced CNG components to recognized national standards.
About CSA International
CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA International certification marks appear on billions of products worldwide. CSA International is a division of CSA Group, which also includes CSA Standards, a leading solutions based standards organization, providing standards development, application products, training and advisory services; and OnSpeX, a provider of consumer product evaluation, inspection and advisory services for retailers and manufacturers. For more information, visit www.csa-international.org
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