Gain market access and ensure reliability for your Photovoltaic modules
To access global markets, manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV) modules must have their products certified by an independent third-party service provider that verifies quality, safety and performance. Most countries require product compliance according to national and international standards and codes.
However, manufacturers often lack sufficient awareness and understanding of the exact design and safety requirements. It is important to ensure that PV modules will safely and reliably deliver the guaranteed rated power over the entire product lifetime and remain commercially viable, even in extreme environmental conditions.
TÜV SÜD offers long-standing expertise and a strong background in PV module testing and certification, which focuses not only on traditional crystalline and thin-film PV modules but also on building integrated PV modules (BIPV) and smart PV modules.
TÜV SÜD provides support with PV module testing during research and development (R&D).
We offer PV laboratory qualification according to ISO/IEC 17025, which comprises verification of scope and accreditations, testing structure and laboratory layout, operations and maintenance requirements.
Product testing and certification
Our experts conduct rigorous testing and certification of your PV modules in accordance with national and international standards.
Crystalline modules in accordance with IEC EN 61215 (c-Si, performance)
Amorphous crystalline modules in accordance with IEC EN 61646 (thin-film, performance).
The safety-related requirements for both cell technologies are tested in accordance with IEC EN 61730-1/2 (c-Si and thin-film, safety).
We also offer PV module durability testing, thresher test protocol and additional environmental stress tests such as:
Salt mist corrosion testing
Ammonia corrosion testing
Dust and sand testing
Potential Induced Degradation (PID) testing
Dynamic mechanical load testing
Highly Accelerated Stress Testing (HAST)
Outdoor performance comparison measurements
Performance and safety-related environmental testing
TÜV SÜD evaluates the performance of your PV modules to ULC/ORD-C1703, UL 1703 and IEC 61730 safety standards as well as IEC 61215 and IEC 61646 performance standards.
Product quality monitoring and inspections
Our experts conduct factory audits that include initial and follow-up surveillance for manufacturing facilities.
We offer supplier evaluation, annual routine inspections comprising the predefined routine tests, special inspections and on-site assessments, pre-shipment inspection (PSI) and during-production audits (DuPro), as well as bankability audits.
Achieve PV module competency – through our extensive product knowledge in PV module safety and performance compliance.
Strengthen your asset value – by choosing a globally renowned third-party service provider as your partner for quailty and safety.
Receive global support – through TÜV SÜD's strong presence and high level of knowledge in global PV markets, backed up by our experts in local areas.
Gain international acceptance – from our testing and certification according to national and international standards and codes.