During Intersolar 2010, the VDE Testing and Certification Institute presented Q-Cells SE with VDE certificates for its Q.PRO and Q.BASE crystalline solar modules. The new modules now been thoroughly tested by the VDE Testing and Certification Institute in Offenbach, Germany.
“We have set up climate chambers here in order to carry out damp heat tests, humidity freeze tests and temperature simulations. We also perform mechanical and electrical load tests,” said Bengt Jäckel, head of Q-Cells’ module test centre. “Here at Q-Cells, we also carry out testing that goes beyond certification standards. For example, the exposure time for a Q.PRO module in the climate chamber is 3,000 hours – this is three times the test duration required by standard IEC 61215 ed.2 from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Even after this extreme deterioration, the module still functions properly.”
The Q-Cells Module Test Center has now signed a contract with VDE for preferential collaboration. This means that customers of Q-Cells solar cells can obtain faster certification for modules equipped with these cells via the VDE and the Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (ISE).