TÜV Rheinland shows off its full power at SNEC PV POWER EXPO 2014

The SNEC PV POWER EXPO 2014 is a much-awaited event that took place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre on May 20-22, 2014, with the presence of a large number of purchasers, suppliers and system integrators.

As a global leader in the provision of testing and certification services for PV modules and components, TÜV Rheinland shows off its full power at Booth E1-006, to present visitors with the latest information on testing and certification procedures and services.

With focus on photovoltaic products, the TÜV Rheinland booth at SNEC 2014 not only displays the latest standards and quality requirements on PV products, but also presents valuable information on PID certification, photovoltaic energy storage system certification service, photovoltaic inverter global grid-connection service etc. Another special focus is on the TÜV Rheinland SunCup™ benchmarking test to be held in Yunnan, China, which has drawn much attention from various sectors involved in the reliability topic.

Comprehensive certification services for the whole PV industry chain

Both continuous technological progress and persistent demand for clean, sustainable energy sources have helped pushing the growth and development of solar power as an ideal energy source. In China as well as in other Asian markets, the time is ripe for the use of solar energy and this brings huge increase in demand for PV products.

This trends attributes to the popularity of SNEC 2014 where the latest technologies, products and services related to energy generation take their special place. With exhibition area of 180,000 m2 housing about 1,800 exhibitors, the event is expected to welcome more than 150,000 professional visitors who will view a complete showcase of PV manufacturing facilities, innovative materials, PV cells, PV application products & modules, and PV projects and systems — with every section of the whole PV industry chain well represented.

As the world’s leading testing service provider for the solar industry, TÜV Rheinland first started laboratory-scale technical testing for solar components. The company’s network of experts for the solar industry now comprises almost 300 specialists in seven laboratories worldwide.

As a globally recognized testing and certification authority in the PV industry, TÜV Rheinland can provide more assurance to manufacturing enterprises and buyers at the same time, and is launching a range of new quality services during the exhibition.

PID certification enhances PV product visibility

Potential-induced degradation (PID) has become a major concern in the solar industry as it can significantly reduce the power output of a PV system. TÜV Rheinland has carried out extensive researches and published papers on the subject of PID and has been well able to provide certification services in this aspect.

SunCup competition for comprehensive assessment of solar panels

The first-ever TÜV Rheinland - SunCup™ competition is ready to start! As first of its kind in China, the competition aims to objectively rank measured data of PV modules while the samples under test will be selected randomly from production line. The competition will take place in Yunnan, China, where TÜV Rheinland has set up a special outdoor test lab and will make use of advanced in-house developed measurement systems to monitor the participating panels continuously.

The benchmarking test simulates the operation of solar panels in a power plant for a period of one year. During this time the panels are maintained at their maximum operating power point while the current, voltage and temperatures are recorded per second. Environmental and irradiance data is synchronously recorded and provided along with the panel information for deep analysis.

All participants will receive a quarterly report outlining their position in the race — recorded power level, and temperature, environmental, weather and irradiance information — to provide objective data to analyze and promote their products performance under real conditions. In the end, the top panels will be ranked based on the recorded data. Undoubtedly, the SunCup competition will be a real, pioneering contest for solar panels.

For a long time, TÜV Rheinland has been providing global testing and certification services to the PV industry helping to establish high reputation and gain recognition in both domestic and global markets. As an independent third party with vast experience in international standards and requirements for testing, the company can quickly deliver proper solutions according to diverse international market access rules and new technology development. As a result of this expertise, TÜV Rheinland aims always to work closely with all stakeholders in the PV industry.

About TÜV Rheinland Group

TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in the provision of testing and certification services for PV modules and components. Thanks to the rich experience we have accumulated over more than 25 years, we now serve 80% of PV manufacturers worldwide, helping them to ensure product quality and safety. ISO 17025 laboratory accredited and CBTL listed, and with a unique global network backed by more than 300 experts and seven world-class solar energy assessment centres in Cologne, Arizona, Yokohama, Bangalore, Shanghai and Taichung, we are dedicated to offering you a one-stop service


Approved by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, SNEC PV POWER EXPO 2014 was initiated by Chinese Renewable Energy Society (CRES), Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), Shanghai Federation of Economic Organizations (SFEO), Shanghai Science & Technology Development and Exchange Center (SSTDEC), Shanghai New Energy Industry Association (SNEIA) and jointly organized by international associations and organizations including Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA).

The expo has grown substantially from 15,000 m2 in 2007 to over 150,000 m2 in 2014 with high-end international photovoltaic power conferences and forums added that now, SNEC PV Power Expo 2014 has achieved a status of being one of the largest international PV trade events with incomparable influence in the world.

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