China Sunergy has gained TUV Rheinland certification for its factory in Turkey, the company has confirmed.
The Chinese manufacturer will produce both cells and modules in Turkey. As a result it will be able to ship products free of trade restrictions created by the dispute between Beijing and Brussels and any future duties that could be levied against Chinese firms.
Modules assembled with Chinese-produced cells would still be part of the price undertaking agreed between China and the EU in July.
“Apart from the UL certification, TUV Rheinland’s certification is the most authoritative in the industry, whose criteria are extremely strict,” said Hao Yang, an engineer from CSUN’s R&D centre.
“Therefore, it has also become the designated certification by European customers. The certificate obtained this time for our Turkish factory not only has a strong promoting and supportive effect for opening up the European market, but also enables us to establish a wider-spread brand in this market, whose positive effects would be profound and lasting.”
The lack of clarity on the terms of the EU-China price undertaking that resulted from the anti-dumping investigation means some distributors are looking for alternative module suppliers to ensure stock levels remain adequate.
The company has already acquired the necessary carbon footprint certificates to enable its customers to take part in the French tender process for projects above 250kW.
The modules passed TUV Rheinland’s tests to attain IEC61215 and IEC61730 certification. The factory is now running at full capacity.