TÜV Rheinland Blog - Stories from Asia and Africa

Why High-Precision Measurement Is So Important for Photovoltaic (PV) Modules

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Oct 11, 2018 3:38:23 PM

Reliable returns for solar power plants can only be determined by high-precision performance measurements on photovoltaic (PV) modules. A low measurement inaccuracy is a prerequisite for this.

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Topics: PV, photovoltaics, solar

Providing Extended Outdoor Testing of Solar Power Modules to Dubai

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Aug 15, 2018 3:47:18 PM

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is expanding the use of renewable energies in the region. In line with this, they are establishing the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is expected to reach a maximum capacity of 5 GW by 2030.

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Topics: DEWA, solar, PV

Providing Energy Yield Management Services to Dubai

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Aug 15, 2018 3:30:18 PM

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is moving towards making renewable energies the primary source of power in the region.

As such, they are establishing the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is expected to generate over 1 GW of photovoltaics and 700 MW of concentrated solar power.

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Topics: DEWA, solar, PV

Wind energy: TUV Rheinland performs site suitability assessment for Siemens Gamesa

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Jan 3, 2018 2:20:57 PM

TÜV Rheinland has successfully completed two new site suitability assessment projects on behalf of Siemens Gamesa. One project assessed the suitability of 2.0/2.1 MW type G114 wind turbines for a wind farm in the USA, the other the suitability of the 2.65 MW version for a wind farm in North Africa. Background: not every wind turbine is equally suitable and certified for every site, so a site-specific design assessment is conducted by a neutral test body to assess whether the wind turbine in question is suitable for the site-specific conditions. This process prevents overloads on components during the operating phase. TÜV Rheinland assessed the system on the basis of the international standard IEC 61400-22 2010. The experts at the certification body for wind turbines at TÜV Rheinland were able to confirm the unrestricted suitability of the systems in question for the planned site and complete the project within the tight deadline set by the customer.

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Topics: solar

Photovoltaic: TÜV Rheinland certifies FuturaSun

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Dec 18, 2017 10:12:40 AM

FuturaSun has completed as one of the first PV manufacturer in Europe the qualification for the new international standards IEC 61215:2016 and IEC 61730:2016 at TÜV Rheinland Cologne. TÜV Rheinland tests and certifies photovoltaic systems and components according to various international standards such as the standards for safety established by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The principal references for photovoltaic modules are the two standards IEC 61215 and 61730 updated in 2016 with many important changes compared to previous edition.

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Topics: solar

Technical Risks and their Financial Implications, from Solar Sharing Session in Malaysia

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Dec 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Together with Malaysian Photovoltaic Industry Association (MPIA), TÜV Rheinland organized the ‘Solar PV Project Development in Malaysia: Project Finance & Bankability’ Sharing Session in Selangor, Malaysia on 22 November 2017.

In this sharing session, a series of eight presentations from Regulator, Lender, Investor, EPCs were lined up for the participants to learn about solar PV project development, specifically in Malaysian context. The topics covered include project development, project financing, private equity or investment, construction, technical and quality aspects, and warranties or insurance.

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Topics: solar, solar investment

Wind energy: TUV Rheinland achieves new accreditation

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Oct 20, 2017 2:20:04 PM

TÜV Rheinland has been audited and accredited as a certification body by the International Electrotechnical Committee Conformity Assessment System for Renewable Energy (IECRE).

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Topics: solar

Looking beyond financial risk in solar projects

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Jun 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In the recent Energy Risk discussion organized by Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) in Singapore, Mr. Miguel Laburu from TUV Rheinland was invited to join the panel discussion as a representative to share some insights on the technical aspects of solar projects.

Solar investments needs to be affordable and reliable, and ultimately: profitable. With those prerequisites, many investors have been looking to the Asia Pacific region in the last decade as the ideal place for solar projects. Nonetheless, given the diversity of market in the region, investors need to be risk-savvy in placing their investment, and this is where Mr. Laburu shared with the participants:

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Topics: solar, PV, solar plant, solar investment

Know the Risks of Your Solar Plant

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Apr 24, 2017 2:03:51 PM

When thinking of energy resources, solar energy comes to mind, which is one of the most efficient energy resources. At TÜV Rheinland, we care about safety, sustainability and possible impacts on the environment.

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Topics: solar, PV

How to achieve the revised IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 certification for Solar PV modules

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Apr 21, 2017 10:12:22 AM

Year 2016 was a milestone in for solar PV industry with the revision on photovoltaic (PV) module standards. The new IEC 61215 standard, which came into effect in March 2016, has brought deep changes in the certification procedure to comply with the actual requirements of the industry. It now aligns the requirements for crystalline Si and various thin-film technologies for manufacturers and provides clearer structure of general requirements, test methods, and technology specific parts.

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Topics: PV, solar, IEC 61215, IEC 61730