Shanghai-based, solar PV module supplier Upsolar has announced an expansion to its technology division, to offer a suite of testing, auditing and consultation services to local organizations in an effort to strengthen technical support for emerging PV companies.
The company intends to provide its clients with component and module testing in compliance with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards. Current offerings include evaluations on electrical safety, bypass diodes, wet leakage currents and insulation. The technology division is also equipped for durability testing, where products are exposed to extreme environments including high temperatures, UV acceleration, excessive humidity and mechanical stresses.
Outside the lab, Upsolar engineers are available for consultation services ranging from on-site PV plant inspection to comprehensive operational assessments to assist clients with improving their internal manufacturing processes, including productivity improvement and waste management.
Natasha Lee, manager of Upsolar’s technology division said, “We’ve amassed some of the brightest minds in the business for our technology division; these experts can now provide up-and-coming PV manufacturers with a cost-effective means to evaluate new products before they come to market.”
Last month, Upsolar itself received quality-assurance certification conformity assessment laboratory Bureau Veritas (BV) LCIE China to verify the company’s modules.
“We are offering our clients access to the same top-notch equipment and staff that helped us to achieve rapid global growth,” said Upsolar CEO Zhe Jiang. “We envision this endeavour will not only offer our clients a shorter path to certification, but also serve to strengthen international product quality standards. We take great pride in our technical capabilities and hope they can help facilitate positive change across the PV industry.”