TÜV Rheinland develops test standard for BIPV modules

German testing service provider TÜV Rheinland has developed a standard for certifying solar modules for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). The »globally unique« standard is intended to facilitate the testing required for BIPV projects, including building authority approval. Until now, there have been only a few solar modules with such approval, mainly because of the complex and internationally non-uniform approval procedure, and also no internationally binding standard for BIPV modules.
The test procedure developed by TÜV is designed to take into account construction and electrotechnical requirements. It builds on existing standards such as the European Construction Product Regulation CPR 305/2011, the German Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU and relevant standards of the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (Comité Européen de Normalisation Électrotechnique, CENELEC).

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