The tests and certifications Institute of the German Association for Electrical, Electronics and Information Technology (VDE) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) in Vancouver have reached an agreement for the supply of services on the control of photovoltaic (PV) and is planning to construct a new testing center of PV modules in the southwest United States, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) Freiburg and the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CES) in the United States (Cambridge, Mass.). Through this agreement, both organizations want to allow manufacturers of PV modules easier access to the world market with a single audit, according to relevant standards. Customers thus benefit from reduced prices and an introduction to the market faster and be able to pass tests and certifications that require multiple and lengthy delays.

The development activities of the new test center, fully equipped for the future needs of the photovoltaic industry, is scheduled for late 2010. “The new test facility for Fraunhofer represents an opportunity to contribute to the market introduction of innovative PV technologies and affordable,” by Roland Schindler, head of the SEC and a member of ISE. “The cooperation with the VDE – one of the organizations leading testing and certification in the field of electronics – and with ISE and CSE – research institutes and testing laboratories leaders in PV field – gives us the opportunity to assist our customers with a centralized review and certification, to enter more easily and quickly on the world market. So we give them access to the most modern PV technologies and opportunities R&D,” said Ash Sahi, president of CSA.

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