According to Q CELLS, it is the first solar module manufacturer in the industry to have successfully completed and passed a new certification program for module tests by TÜV Rheinland.
The quality-controlled PV test standard was developed by TÜV Rheinland to raise the bar for the monitoring, testing and recognition of the quality of solar modules. For Q CELLS, quality-controlled PV is becoming the company’s official certification standard – starting with the latest series of Q.PEAK DUO-G9 + solar modules.
“TÜV Rheinland has defined a test catalog that defines additional qualities that go beyond the standard level of approval and safety qualification,” says Lukas Jakisch, Business Field Manager for PV modules at TÜV Rheinland. “With the monitoring of a manufacturer’s production process by TÜV Rheinland, where we carry out random samples every month on randomly taken samples, a uniform level of control is to be determined, with the focus on reliability and material properties as well as the control of supplier changes.”
The company has adopted the TÜV Rheinland Quality Controlled PV certification in order to strengthen its position as a quality PV provider. This is supported by a test scheme that is not only the most extensive and strictest to date, but also the only industry-wide certification to include independent and random on-site tests from ongoing production as well as regular material tests.
Q CELLS was the first manufacturer of solar modules to pass the new independent quality-controlled PV test standard of TÜV Rheinland, thanks to its dedicated efforts to support TÜV Rheinland in developing a new certification process that is beneficial for the entire solar industry.
Q CELLS invited TÜV Rheinland to work closely with its quality management experts in Europe’s largest solar test facility in Thalheim. This collaboration combined the experience of Q CELLS employees in the field of quality management and research and development with the industry experts from TÜV Rheinland. The result is a completely independent test and certification program that is the only one on the market to continuously monitor product quality and shelf life in mass production.