TÜV Rheinland expands global laboratory facilities for photovoltaic and energy storage systems

TÜV Rheinland has inaugurated a new laboratory facility in Japan for testing photovoltaic and energy storage systems. TÜV Rheinland has invested five million euros and created jobs for 25 technical experts at the new Kansai Technology Assessment Center (KTAC).

The new laboratory, situated in the city of Osaka, occupies more than 2,500 m² of floor space and focuses on testing rechargeable energy storage systems, such as Lithium-Ion batteries and super-capacitors for various applications, as well as solar technology products.

Dr. Manfred Bayerlein, Chief Executive Officer TÜV Rheinland: “With the new laboratory facilities in Japan, TÜV Rheinland underpins its global strategy of investing in the establishment of comprehensive infrastructure for testing renewable technologies such as solar, wind and fuel cells, as well as providing services related to electro-mobility. These activities are especially relevant in Japan, considering the recent changes in energy policies declared by the Japanese government.”

The KTAC Battery Testing Facility, the first large-scale facility of its kind in Asia that was developed by a neutral third-party service provider, is equipped with the latest safety technology, and an array of facilities to verify battery performance under abnormal conditions and environments. TÜV Rheinland is appointed as a certification body for the subsidy program for stationary lithium-ion batteries by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Evaluation and certification of lithium-ion batteries at KTAC can be used as a proof to satisfy requirements to apply for subsidies. The Battery Testing Facility’s scope of testing services and capacity will be extended in the near future.

The KTAC Photovoltaic Testing Facility has the capabilities of performing long-term outdoor exposure tests, and customized tests to the specifications of the customer. Among the services expected to be in demand is verification of the quality and durability of photovoltaic modules, which will take on critical importance as a Feed-in Tariff scheme comes into practice in Japan from July of this year. The laboratory facilities meet the IEC standards used in Europe and elsewhere, the UL standards used in the USA, and the Golden Sun standards used in China. Hence an advantage of KTAC evaluation is that it is sufficient to obtain the certification under any of those standards.

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