During the past two years, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has opened new facilities in San Jose, California, Suzhou, China and Zeppelinheim, Neu-Isenburg, Germany to better serve the PV community. Recently, UL added a new facility to that list with the opening of its testing and certification center for PV equipment in Ise City, Mie Prefecture, Japan. The center will not only test PV equipment for performance and safety standards, but also provide technical support for Japanese PV equipment manufacturers.
“We continue to expand our service capabilities to meet the recent increase in global demand for PV product evaluation services,” said Jeff Smidt, VP and general manager for UL’s global energy business. With further plans to open a testing facility in India, UL is implementing a concrete, large-scale investment plan in North America, Asia, and Europe, which are the world’s largest PV markets.”
The Ise City site is comprised of around 21,000 square feet and holds 14 testing chamber, solar simulators, impact testers and hail testers. Its work force consists of engineers and technicians who UL considers experts in PV testing work.