Intertek expands inverter test lab capacity and services

CHICAGO, USA: Intertek has announced the expansion of its Cortland, NYinverter test facility. The laboratory tests a wide variety of small tomedium-sized inverters to US, Canadian and International safety andperformance requirements.

The expansion increases Intertek’scapacity to test multiple inverters in parallel, and extends the rangeof products that can be tested in this location to up to 150 KW.Inverters are a critical part of distributed energy generation products, providing the means for making power derived from renewable energysources compatible with the power grid, as well as providing safetyfunctions for connection-to and disconnection-from the power grid forwind turbines, photovoltaic (PV) systems, fuel cells, and other types of generators.

Because of their complex design and the rigoroustest requirements of the standards, inverter testing can betime-consuming, which negatively impacts time to market formanufacturers. Intertek’s expanded capacity reduces queue times in thelab and helps manufacturers of renewable energy solutions get theirproducts to market faster.

“Intertek continues to invest in andexpand its leadership position in the Energy market,” said Troy Hewitt,Global Business Leader for Intertek’s Wind Energy services. “Our goal is to provide the industry’s fastest testing and certification turnaround. This gives our clients a time-to-market advantage of weeks and monthsahead of their competitors – a truly significant edge in today’srenewable energy marketplace.”

Intertek tests to the UL 1741standard for “Inverters, Converters, Controllers and InterconnectionSystem Equipment for Use With Distributed Energy Resources”, and theassociated Canadian standard, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 107.1, “General UsePower Supplies”. Product certification ensures acceptance by state andlocal inspectors, and the utilities which control grid interconnection.

Listing is a term defined by the National Electric Code (NEC) and indicatesthat the product has been found to comply with national safety standards by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). Intertek alsotests to international standards for inverters, giving our clientsaccess to global markets for their products.

In addition toaccreditations covering global certification, Intertek is anOSHA-approved NRTL in the United States and a Canadian TestingOrganization (TO) and Certification Organization (CO) accredited by theStandards Council of Canada (SCC).

These accreditationsauthorize Intertek to evaluate and certify (List) products to a widevariety of national and international product safety standards. Products proven to comply with North American standards are eligible to bear alabel with the ETL Listed Mark, the fastest-growing safety certification mark in North America.