TÜV Rheinland has furthered its reach across the globe with the establishment of a PV module and component testing and certification facility in Gyeongsan, South Korea. The lab – TÜV Rheinland’s seventh – was set up in cooperation with Yeungnam University and is said to be Korea’s first to operate according to the IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 standards.
The 1,100m2 facility contains both indoor and outdoor test facilities, including solar simulators, climate chambers, a UV preconditioning chamber, mechanical load test stations, a hail tester, a wet leakage test for simulating rain conditions, an impulse tester and a light-soaker for thin-film technology. Construction and design of the lab was carried out with guidance from TÜV Rheinland’s team of experts, and all testing will be conducted by TÜV Rheinland engineers.
Support for the establishment of the Korea base was forthcoming from the Gyeongbuk Province, Yeungnam University and the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy as part of the Korean Government’s program of support for the uptake of ‘green’ energy.
The organization is now active in seven locations: Bangalore, India; Cologne, Germany; Gyeongsan, Korea; Shanghai, China; Taichung, Taiwan; Tempe, USA and Yokohama, Japan.