TUV Rheinland plans to open a new test laboratory in Cologne, Germany, this month. The new location offers technology for inspecting photovoltaic modules and solar thermal collectors and systems, says TUV Rheinland.
Equipment includes six climate chambers and five sun simulators, as well as two stations for mechanical load testing. The 1,800 square-meter facility is three times larger than the previous Cologne test site, which could no longer meet the requirements of the rapidly growing solar energy market, according to the company.
TUV Rheinland also operates two external facilities – one in Cologne and another in Italy – for testing modules under real-weather conditions.
SOURCE: TUV Rheinland