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Photovoltaic Product

DEKRA One Stop Solution of Photovoltaic Industry

Photovoltaic Product Test and Certification

Since the Industrial Revolution, the energy mix of most countries across the world has become dominated by fossil fuels. This has major implications for the global climate, as well as for human health. To reduce CO² emissions and local air pollution, the world needs to rapidly shift towards low-carbon sources of energy renewable technologies.

Renewables are the backbone of any energy transition to achieve net zero. As the world increasingly shifts away from carbon emitting fossil fuels, understanding the current role renewables play in the decarbonisation of multiple sectors is key to ensuring a smooth pathway to net zero.

As an international expert organization, DEKRA offers a wide range of comprehensive services to address the challenges of the solar market based on national and international standards as well as industry and customer requirements. We have comprehensive experience and professional team providing supply chain services for PV projects of different capacities. Our goal is to streamline and manage the testing and certification processes across international boundaries and improve both global access and time to market for our customers.

PV modules are important components in PV power plant. Whether in open fields, deserts,on the roofs, different environments put higher demands on the quality and reliability of PV modules. DEKRA is able to provide a wide range of services for PV modules, including crystalline silicon, thin-film, integrated building and concentrated PV modules.

Test and Certification Service

  • IEC/EN 61215/61730 testing and certification
  • PID testing and certification
  • ANSI/UL 61215/61730 testing and certification
  • Salt mist corrosion testing and certification
  • Ammonia corrosion testing and certification
  • Sand dust corrosion testing and certification
  • Dynamic mechanical load testing and certification
  • Non-uniform snow load testing and certification
  • Transportation testing and certification of components
  • Photovoltaic module STC calibration
  • CE certification (Low-voltage Directive)
  • CB certification
  • PV Module Life Cycle Assessment
  • Factory inspection
  • Panfile data package service
  • Customized test solution
  • Global Market Access (CQC, Inmetro, JET, BIS, CEC, MCS...)
  • Extended PV module test (IEC TS 63126; IEC TS 63209-1; etc)

Quality Assurance Service

  • Electro-luminescence (EL) test and infrared imaging
  • Potential induced degradation (PID) test
  • RoHS compliant test
  • Light induced degradation (LID) test
  • Production line sampling and STC test
  • Inspection and supervision services
  • Specific standard factory audit

Add Value Service

  • IEC 62941 Quality management system certification
  • Training on standards and test methods
  • Evaluation of uncertainty in production line measurement
  • CBTL CTF Audit
  • Lab management system training and TMP audit

A safe, high-efficiency and running well PV power plant relies on good quality PV components. The effective recognition of PV components is often ignored by the end users, and this circumstances result in a great hidden danger in each stage.

DEKRA not only supports manufacturers as well as end-use customers. We participate into the process in the first stage. We provide our service regarding to international standards, and strictly supervise the process from the design of PV components, material selection to production. We provide the great support to have risk-free operation of PV power plant.

Product

  • Junction boxes for PV modules
  • Connectors for DC/AC-application in PV systems
  • PV junction boxes with integrated electronics
  • PV connectors with integrated electronics
  • PV array interconnection systems
  • Front and back sheet for PV modules
  • Encapsulation materials for PV modules
  • Glass for PV modules
  • Polymer materials for PV applications
  • Edge seals and potting sealant for PV applications
  • PV cable
  • PV plastic frame
  • PV rack

Test and Certification Service

  • Testing and certification for PV junction box
  • Testing and certification for glass for PV modules
  • Testing and certification for PV rack
  • Testing and certification for floating PV system
  • Public Greencard database for PV materials
  • Testing and certification for PV connectors with integrated electronics
  • Testing and certification for PV array interconnection systems
  • Testing and certification for front sheet and back sheet for PV modules
  • Testing and certification for encapsulation materials for PV modules
  • Testing and certification for edge seals and potting materials used in PV modules
  • Testing and certification for plastic frame material used in PV modules

Customization Service

  • PV components outdoor testing
  • PV diodes ESD and thermal runaway test
  • PV components weathering test
  • Material identity verification

Add Value Service

  • Customer technical consultation
  • Production process evaluation
  • Supervision service
  • Personnel training
  • Customize the test scheme
  • Product quality supervision
  • Quality management system certification
  • Product carbon footprint audit
  • Failure analysis of PV power plant components
  • Factory audit
  • Global Market Assess
  • Buyer Approval Report
  • Process safety and organizational safety consulting
  • Technical seminar
  • Design and development program optimization
  • Standard development of new product

Our audits and inspections of production lines identify potential weaknesses and risks, ensuring safe and qualified final products, thus a profitable yield. In addition, our authorized state-of-the-art test laboratory can provide durability test of PV modules and components to verify performance. This helps improve quality, performance and compatibility by reducing the risk of serious defects and critical safety issues.

The systematic quality assurance not only improves technology of PV station safety and efficiency, but also financing ability: investors and lenders can feel confident that your project is accounting for and addressing inevitable risks.

DevelopmentPre-productionProductionPost-production
Expert TeamSupplier evaluation
Technical advisory
At FactoryFactory auditsCapability assessment
Pre-production inspection
Factory inspection
during production
In-line quality assurance
Pre-shipment factory inspection
Loading supervision
DEKRA's Authorized
Laboratory
Module benchmarkingReliability tests
Reference module creation
Fast verification of
sample tests
Final random sample tests
On Construction SitePower and IV test on site
after assembly

Pre-shipment Tests

  • Visual inspection
  • Power determination
  • Electro-luminescence (EL) test
  • Safety test
  • Performance at different irradiance/temperature
  • Thermo-graphic inspection
  • Potential induced degradation (PID) test
  • Light induced degradation (LID) test
  • Static mechanical load
  • Thermal cycling / damp heat
  • Highly accurate STC measurement
  • EVA gel content & peel-off test

IEC Reliability Tests And Extended Reliability Tests

  • Damp heat test (DH)
  • Humidity freeze test (HF)
  • Impulse voltage test
  • Bypass diode thermal test
  • Outdoor exposure test
  • Ammonia corrosion test
  • UV precondition test
  • Thermal cycling test (TC)
  • Static mechanical load test
  • Hail impact test
  • Hot-spot endurance test
  • Salt mist corrosion test
  • Dynamic mechanical load test

DEKRA owns comprehensive photovoltaic power plant services which allow us to explain the risks associated with customer management of the construction and operation of photovoltaic power plants. With DEKRA’s technical knowledge and worldwide testing network, from the planning stage to the final acceptance stage, DEKRA is able to perform design assessment, manufacture supervision of key equipment, performance testing, certification, risk assessment, and safety training services to provide one-stop photovoltaic power plant services to developers and operators.

DEKRA PV Power Plant Technical Services throughout the Project Cycle

Planning & DesignPurchasingConstructionCommissioningOperation
Licenses and permits assessment
Site evaluation
Energy yield evaluation
Risk assessment
Critical equipment analysis
Technical support and supplier review of equipment bidding
Manufacture supervision of key equipment
Key equipment ex-factory and incoming inspection
Lab sampling test
Project management
Installation and safety training
Quality controlling during constructing
Installation inspection
Comprehensive acceptance
Third-party certification
Operation inspection
Operation assessment
O&M assessment
Abnormal generating capacity analysis
Technical due diligence

PV inverters convert DC voltages generated by photovoltaic modules to AC voltages, and can be feed to commercial public distribution networks, or used in off-grid system. PV inverter is the core component of photovoltaic power generation systems. Inverters, as the most electronic and electrical components used in photovoltaic power station, have relatively poor reliability and easy to failure. Increasing the reliability of the inverter can significantly improve the reliability of the whole power station, resulting in a significant increase in the average annual electricity generation of photovoltaic power stations.

ServicesTest Standards
Environment testIEC 60529, IEC 60068 - 2 Series
Performance testIEC 61683, EN 50530
EMC testIEC/EN 61000 - 6 - 1 (immunity), IEC/EN 61000 - 6 - 2 (immunity)
IEC/EN 61000 - 6 - 3 (emission), IEC/EN 61000 - 6 - 4 (emission)
IEC/EN 61000 - 3 - 2/ - 12 (harmonics), IEC/EN 61000 - 3 - 3/ - 11 (flicker)
Grid testVDE-AR-N 4105, DIN VDE V 0124-100, VDE-AR-N 4110,
VDE-AR-N 4120
ÖNORM E8001-4-712
G98 (<=16A), G99 (>16A)
CEI 0-21, CEI 0-16
RD1699, RD661, UNE 206007-1:2013 IN, UNE 206007-2:2014 IN,etc.

The storage and management of electric energy occupies an important position in the photovoltaic power generation system. The energy storage system can realize the functions of peak load shaving, load tracking, frequency modulation and so on.

As the largest testing and certification body in Germany, DEKRA’s experts have extensive experience in the field of solar energy. We could test and certify PV energy storage systems, energy storage batteries and battery management systems in accordance with globally accepted standards.

ServicesTest Standards
ESSGB/T 36549, GB/T 34131
PCS GB/T 34120, GB/T 34133, IEC 62109-1/-2, IEC 62040-1, IEC 61727
BMSGB/T 34131, IEC 60730-1 annex H, IEC 61508
ESS BatteryGB/T 36276 (Lithium ion battery), JIS C 8715-1/-2, GB/T 36280 (Lead-carbon battery), UL1973,IEC/EN 62619:2017

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