Ecolibrium Solar, a supplier of solar racking systems for commercial and residential applications, has announced that its research and development (R&D) laboratory in Boulder, Colo., has been certified under TUV Rheinland PTL’s Partner Lab Program.
Through the program, Ecolibrium Solar is now qualified to conduct testing, within its scope of accreditation, to ANSI/UL2703, while TUV Rheinland PTL will provide any additional testing required and UL2703 certifications for solar racking products.
“As a market leader in solar racking innovation and product development, expanding our R&D capabilities to include in-house UL2703 testing is a priority for us,” says Jan van der Werff, president and CEO of Ecolibrium Solar. “This achievement underscores the importance of validation and comprehensive system testing in the development of solar racking products.”
Under the agreement, all testing is conducted under the technical direction of TUV Rheinland PTL, which provides dedicated engineering support throughout review, testing and certification phases.
“By handling UL2703 testing within our R&D lab, our engineering staff is now able to manage the test schedule while observing testing first hand. With this new capability, we are able to conduct pre-compliance testing, allowing us to respond quickly during product development,” says Devin MacRostie, Ecolibrium Solar’s director of engineering and technology. “This enables us to optimize our products during the development phase and ultimately get the next generation of racking products to market faster.”
The company says it will also offer independent engineering and technical services to other manufacturers and product developers. Although the Partner Lab certification starts with UL2703 testing, Ecolibrium Solar has plans to add more testing and certification capabilities beyond that standard with TUV Rheinland PTL.