Test products: Sandardized testing for solar panel mounting

Test equipment: DNV GL launches standardized testing for solar panel mounting system installation efficiency testing at Intersolar 2014. New service gives investors and installers a uniform basis for comparing installation performance.

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Test and measurement equipment: DNV GL, a global energy advisory and independent testing authority, announced at Intersolar 2014 the launch of a new service addition to its PV module Product Qualification Program: Mounting System Installation Efficiency Testing.

DNV GL delivered its first standardized assessment to a leading mounting system provider. The testing is the first of its kind offered for independent solar mounting system installation evaluation.

“Our solar customers asked us to step forward and provide standardized, independent testing,” said Ray Hudson, DNV GL global solar service line leader. “This helps them establish and evaluate their decisions based upon a common set of metrics for racking installations.”

The new service helps financiers, developers, engineering, procurement and construction providers, independent power producers, and installers lower risks and make more accurate labor projections in solar panel installation.

“We have a standardized methodology in place and an expanded testing site at our facility,” said Jenya Meydbray, DNV GL head of qualification and component testing and former CEO of recently acquired PV Evolution Labs. “We are able to conduct both commercial and residential testing.”

The standardized process begins with trained PV technicians performing an installation at the DNV GL test facility, which is captured on time-lapse cameras for review. Expert DNV GL engineers assess installation times, efficiencies and areas for improvement. “This gives mounting system vendors and downstream partners an ‘apples to apples’ comparison to make decisions,” said Meydbray.

About DNV GL
Driven by its purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. DNV GL provides classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. It also provides certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. DNV GL, whose origins go back to 1864, operates globally in more than 100 countries with its 17,000 professionals dedicated to helping their customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

In the Energy industry
DNV GL delivers world-renowned testing and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables. Its expertise spans solar, onshore and offshore wind power, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, energy storage, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. DNV GL¹s 2500 energy experts support clients around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy supply.

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