UL Releases BIS Based Testing Service For Solar PV Inverters

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  • Manufacturers who complete the tests as per Indian Standards (IS) are eligible to apply for approval and issuance of registration number from BIS
  • The manufacturers are required to have their products tested from BIS, Solar Photovoltaics Systems, Devices and Component Goods Order 2017
  • The issuance and approval from BIS would ensure that the solar PV inverter model complies with IS 16221 Part 1 and Part 2 and IS 16169 standards 

Global Safety Science Company has announced the launch of testing services for solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter manufacturers in India. UL has also increased it facility in Bangalore. This would help manufacturers comply with requirements of the standards mandated by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

According to a press release, UL’s solar inverter testing facility would enable Indian players in the growing solar market to exhibit compliance to Indian and global standards for safety, quality and performance. This has been by stated by Dr. Chakradhar Byreddy, Director for Renewables in Asia Pacific for UL. Byreddy also added about  ‘In India, for India’ strategy and expressed gratitude to become a BIS recognized laboratory.

The manufacturers of the inverters are required to have their products tested from a Bureau of Indian Standards, Solar Photovoltaics Systems, Devices and Component Goods Order 2017.

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The new testing services are now available for residential, commercial and industrial application projects at UL’s Bangalore facility. The laboratory is certified by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories and is recognised by the BIS under the Compulsory Registration Scheme. This has been done to conduct testing of solar pV inverters based on testing of representing models from a series or family.

Opportunities

According to the press release, the solar PV inverter manufacturers can benefit from affordable third-party BIS recognised local laboratory for inverter safety and quality. The issuance of the test report and subsequent approval from BIS will help ensure that the solar PV inverter model complies with IS 16221 Part 1 and Part 2 and IS 16169 standards. As reported the the UL laboratory can also test inverters with a rating of up to 10kW and the other for ratings of upto 50kW, which reduces the turnaround time for manufacturers.

UL can test NABL Accredited CAB combines ILAC MRA Mark Test reports for International Electronical Commission (IEC) 62109-1 and -2, IEC 62116, IEC 61727 and IEC 61683/IS 61683 standards. Compliance with Indian and international standards will help Indian manufacturers compete locally and globally and thus gain market access in several potential markets including European and Asian countries.

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