TÜV Rheinland has launched a globally unique test standard (2 PfG 2796/02.22) for the certification of building-integrated photovoltaic modules (BIPV). This paves the way for the tests and qualifications required before BIPV systems can be put into operation, including preparations for approval by the building authorities. So far, there has not yet been a test standard for BIPV systems that certifies their compliance with uniform safety and quality standards. The result: intransparency and quality deficiencies as well as associated uncertainties in the BIPV market.
“The new TÜV Rheinland certification offers a solution for subjecting building-integrated photovoltaic modules to an independent and standardized testing and quality assurance procedure even before they are sold,” explains Lukas Jakisch, Segment Manager at TÜV Rheinland. TÜV Rheinland’s experts examine properties of the photovoltaic modules that are relevant to both building requirements and electrotechnical requirements. They take into account both the European Construction Product Regulation CPR 305/2011 and the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU, as well as CENELEC Standards. “TÜV Rheinland is a market leader in the certification of PV products and systems,” he said. “Our customers can rely on certified products meeting the most stringent quality and safety testing requirements,” says PV expert Lukas Jakisch.
Background: current BIPV standards (EN 50583 and IEC 63092) are not mandatory product certification. However, they serve as a technical basis for the development of the 2 PfG 2796 TÜV Rheinland standard. This provides the requirements for qualification and certification of BIPV modules in order to strengthen the confidence of distributors, manufacturers and purchasers in their quality through product certification.
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