Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. says it has opened the first PV module testing laboratory in China to be awarded the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Witness Testing Data Program (WTDP) Certificate. Located at Suntech's headquarters in Wuxi, China, the PV module testing facility is the largest in the country, with 1,400 square meters and 7,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor testing space, respectively.
Test equipment includes pulse and continuous solar simulators, walk-in climate chambers, mechanical load and hail testers, electroluminescence testers and high-precision infrared cameras to evaluate all aspects of module quality and performance. All the equipment and testing procedures accord with the stringent standards of UL1703, IEC61215 and IEC61730-2.
Through UL's WTDP, PV module tests may be conducted under the supervision of UL personnel and subsequently awarded certification, enabling Suntech to bring solar products to market faster, the company says.
SOURCE: Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd.