Solar Energy Standardization - Technical Committees
IEC Technical Committee TC82 was established in 1981. It is the most important
International body regarding photovoltaic related standardization. The main tasks
of TC82 are to prepare international standards for systems of photovoltaic
conversion of solar energy into electrical energy and for all the elements in the
entire photovoltaic energy system. TC82 has several working groups - each group is
responsible for specific standardisation related topic (glossary, non concentrating
modules, BOS, PV energy storage systems and concentrator modules). For further
information about TC82 please visit IEC
ASTM Committee E44 on Solar, Geothermal and Other Alternative Energy Sources is
composed of subcommittees that address specific segments within the general subject
area covered by the technical committee. For PV topics E44.09 Photovoltaic Electric
Power Conversion Subcommitte is responsible. For further information about ASTM E44
please visit ASTM website.
Technical Committees - Links
IEC TC82 -
IEC Technical Committee 82, Solar photovoltaic energy system.
ISO TC180 -
ISO Technical Committee 180, Solar Energy.
ASTM E44 -
ASTM Committee E44 on Solar, Geothermal and Other Alternative Energy Sources.
Each main committee in ASTM International is composed of subcommittees that address
specific segments within the general subject area covered by the technical
committee. For PV topics E44.09 Photovoltaic Electric Power Conversion
Subcommitte is responsible.
IEEE SCC21 -
IEEE SCC21 Standards Coordinating Committee on Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics,
Dispersed Generation, and Energy Storage.
SCC21 oversees the development of standards in the areas of fuel cells,
photovoltaics (PV), dispersed generation, and energy storage and coordinates
efforts in these fields among the various IEEE Societies and other affected
organizations to ensure that all standards are consistent and properly reflect
the views of all applicable disciplines.
The SEMI International Standards Program is one of the key services offered by
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) for the benefit of the
worldwide semiconductor, photovoltaic (PV) and flat panel display (FPD)
Photovoltaic Product Testing and Quality Assurance
Rheinland - The work of TÜV is animated by the conviction that social and
industrial development cannot be achieved without technical progress.
TÜV SÜD America -
is a globally recognized testing, inspection and certification organization
offering the highest quality services for a wide range of industries worldwide.
Renewable Energy Test
Center - RETC, LLC is an engineering services, test and certification center
for solar and renewable energy products.
Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) - at present, Fraunhofer ISE has
four accredited testing units: the Test Centre for Solar Thermal Systems, the
Thermal-Optical Measurement Laboratory, the Test Centre for Photovoltaics and
the ISE Calibration Laboratory CalLab. Further service units include a test
facility for compact heating and ventilation units, a laboratory for quality
control of phase change materials (PCM) and a battery testing laboratory.
Research - the accredited testing services range from performance tests of PV
modules according to EN 60904-1 to tests of type aptitude and registration of
terrestrial PV modules with silicon solar cells (IEC/EN 61215), thin-film
cells (IEC/EN 61646) and tests according to the safety standard EN 61730.
the CENER laboratories are authorised to perform certification tests under
international standards of reference. This service is available for the different
Florida Solar Energy
- FSEC is one of the nation's leading certification and testing laboratories
for solar products and equipment. The center’s expertise is based on nearly 30
years experience conducting solar energy certification and testing programs,
the accreditation of PowerMark Corporation (PMC) and partnerships with such
national associations as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and
Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), The National Association of State Energy
Offices (NASEO), and the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (SRCC).
Test Installation (ESTI) - Located in Ispra (Italy), the Institute for
Environment and Sustainability (IES) is one of the institutes that constitute
the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. In line with the JRC
mission, the aim of IES is to provide scientific and technical support to
European Union strategies for the protection of the environment contributing
to a sustainable development.
Swiss PV Module Test
Centre - ISAAC has over twenty years of experience in PV module testing and
since 2001 an ISO 17025 accreditation for performance measurements of PV modules.
Research - Measurements & Characterization.
Photovoltaic Products & Systems Quality Assurance
RAL Solar -
der Güteschutz-Solar beinhaltet eine umfassende Gütesicherung für
Solarenergieanlagen in den Bereichen Solarwärme (Solarthermie) und Solarstrom
(Photovoltaik). Dies wird durch ein detailliertes auf den anerkannten Regeln der
Technik und der guten fachlichen Praxis basierendes Regelwerk erreicht.
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International Electrotechnical Standardization
International Electrotechnical Commision, IEC.
European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, CENELEC.
American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM.
European Committee for Standardization, CEN.
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, IEEE.
American National Standards Institute, ANSI.
Underwriter Laboratories Inc., UL Standards.
International Organisation for Standardization, ISO.
National Electrotechnical Standardization
Deutsches Institut für Normung, DIN.
Union Technique de l'Électricité, UTE.
Asociación Española de Normalizacion y Certificación, AENOR.
Japanaese Standards Association, JSA.
National Technical Societies
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure, VDI.
Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik e.V., VDE.