UL opens PV testing facility in Japan

In addition to offering performance and safety testing services for PV equipment at its Japanese facility, the laboratory has said it will provide technical support to the country’s PV equipment manufacturers as they develop their businesses and enter overseas markets.

The new facility reportedly has 14 testing chambers spread across a 2,000 square-meter site. It is also said to be equipped with solar simulators emitting artificial sunlight, impact testers, which test the durability of a device against physical impact, and hail testers.

Jeff Smidt, vice president and general manager for UL’s Global Energy business commented: "We continue to expand our service capabilities to meet the recent increase in global demand for PV product evaluation services.

“With further plans to open a testing facility in India, UL is implementing a concrete, large-scale investment plan in North America, Asia, and Europe, which are the world’s largest PV markets.”

Over the last couple of years, UL has opened PV testing facilities in San Jose, California, the U.S., Suzhou, China and Zeppelinheim, Germany.