TUV Rheinland has announced that its photovoltaic testing lab located in Bangalore, India, has been recognized by the major certification body Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) under the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) to conduct testing of power converters and interconnected PV inverters.
The BIS recognition enables PV manufactures to comply with BIS CRS requirements and per the order, Solar Photovoltaics, Systems, Devices, and Components Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2017 to introduce safer products to consumers in India.
Manufacturers of power converters and interconnected PV inverters, modules and batteries are required to apply for registration from BIS after getting their product tested from a BIS-recognized lab. BIS registers manufacturers under its CRS and then allows them to declare that their products conform to Indian Standards.
Safer products to the consumers in India
Commenting on the achievement, Thomas Fuhrmann, Managing Director of TUV Rheinland India said: "As a global testing, inspection, certification provider, we support the cause of safer products to the consumers in India. We are proud to be associated with BIS and help them in their objective to provide safe, reliable and quality goods, thereby minimizing health hazards to the consumers. TUV Rheinland's state-of-the-art Photovoltaic Laboratory in Bangalore is well equipped to test power converters and interconnected PV inverters as per CRS. Our lab in Bangalore has the capacity to test equipment with a rating of up to 100 kW for BIS registration. We have the infrastructure and the required competencies to support local as well as international manufacturers to introduce their products in the Indian markets."
"Our laboratories have cutting edge testing equipment to test products accurately in accordance with the BIS Compulsory Registration Scheme. Power converters and interconnected PV inverters are tested according to IS 16221, and for safety requirements according to IS 16169. Evaluations include criteria such as electrical, mechanical and fire safety requirements," said Mr. Kamalaksha C S, Assistant General Manager Products of TUV Rheinland in India. "TUV Rheinland is dedicated to supporting the Indian government's successful and rapidly growing compliance scheme in India. We have steadily expanded our testing infrastructure that operates 24/7 to cater to multiple projects from local as well as international manufacturers."
Besides testing products against BIS requirements, TUV Rheinland's solar team in India is active as Independent Engineering and Technical Advisor for PV investors and developers and helps to secure quality through its Supply Chain Services for EPCs. Other services include solar pump testing, solar street light testing, and inverter qualification.
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