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Photovoltaics (PV)

In the race to satisfy our ever growing energy needs, solar energy is rapidly emerging as one of the most viable options currently available. The last five years have seen dramatic growth in the demand for photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, especially in Europe and the US.

Investors and project developers need to ensure their return on investment and receive independent intelligence on expected energy yield for investment decisions. Manufacturing of components of PV modules has become a highly competitive global business. Players in the market need to ensure their products deliver on quality and reliability as well as conform to international standards. Operators need to ensure the PV plant delivers on yield targets and operates efficiently. Downtime due to cell malfunction and maintenance cost will directly impact bottom line. 

TÜV SÜD provides a suite of services from PV plant design to dismantling that ensure PV plant safety, quality and efficiency as well as investment certainty. Upon onset of the project, TÜV SÜD experts conduct feasibility studies to assess site location suitability and system conditions including grid compatibility, providing independent and impartial expert reports on yield expectations for investors and project developers. Our bankability service suite provides investors with expert technical support on aspects such as cost planning, the insurance package and monitoring and inspection during installation.

Our supplier evaluation, PV manufacturer factory audits and pre and post shipment inspection will ensure the modules you receive are produced by a reliable and quality supplier and that delivered goods meet specified criteria. Avoiding costs and delays that will affect your project timeline.

PV module manufacturers with find in TÜV SÜD a reliable partner who is well versed in national and international technical requirements. We conduct product testing and certification of photovoltaic modules, CPV modules/assemblies and PV components to international standards such as IEC 62108, IEC 61215, IEC 61646 and IEC 61730 in our ISO 17025 accredited laboratories around the globe.

Once in operation we conduct regular inspections preventatively insuring maintenance issues will not affect plant operating costs and performance.

Further, we conduct management system certification audits for module manufacturers and operators to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 50001. Training courses on quality for planners, architects and construction engineers rounds off our portfolio. Ensuring end to end consistent product and process quality to international standards and buyer specific criteria.