TÜV Rheinland is offering fire tests for verifying the resistance of the modules to the effects of external fire. The company will provide all manufacturers with a full inspection according to ANSI/UL 1703 for accessing the North American market.
Under the photovoltaics test standards IEC 61730 (photovoltaic module safety qualification) and ANSI/UL 1703 (flat plate photovoltaic modules and panels), fire testing of modules is mandatory. The standards refer to two different tests from the UL 790 standard – the incendiary test and the spread-of-flame test.
For BIPV, further inspections are required in Europe. In addition to a building material classification according to EN 13501-1, various inspections regarding exposure to fire are also required (EN 13501-5). TÜV Rheinland offers the following testing procedures: ENV 1187-1 for Germany and other EU countries, and ENV 1187-3 for France.