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Design qualification and type approval of terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules suitable for consumer applications for outdoor operation. This standard is intended to apply to terrestrial flat plate modules for which the anticipated having a shorter-term operation than IEC 61215.
Testing and certification according to PPP 58200A which based on draft IEC 63163 (IEC 82/1647/CD), the purpose of this PPP is to determine the electrical, termal, and mechanical durability characteristics of the module and to show that the module is capable of withstanding outdoor exposure for different outdoor durations designated as “low”, “medium”, and “high”.
Consumer Photovoltaic (PV) Modules refer to those modules which applications are mobile, portable, and/or attached with respectively low, medium and high expected outdoor exposure other than those specified in IEC 61215 series standards.
Currently manufacturers around the world are shipping those modules to consumers without certfication – design qualification and type approval. The purpose of this PPP is to determine the electrical, thermal, and mechanical durability characteristics of the module and to show that the module is capable of withstanding outdoor exposure for different outdoor durations designated as “low”, “medium”, and “high”.
The voluntary certification mark with the statement "Type tested" is issued for products and components. The certification mark demonstrates that the product/component was tested and certified by the independent third-party organisation of TÜV SÜD Product Service for conformity with the essential technical safety requirements. The certification criteria vary depending on the products in question.
Periodic surveillance of the manufacture of a product constitutes the basic premise for certification which includes the award of a certification mark. Certification always requires product testing and regular factory inspections.
As a third-party expert organisation, TÜV SÜD verifies that the manufacturer is able to maintain consistent quality in line with the requirements throughout high-volume production and has established the necessary quality system, including incoming goods inspections, lists of materials and final product check.
In addition, calibration of the necessary measuring and monitoring equipment must be ensured. Surveillance and/or monitoring covers the testing of safety-critical components and other materials used. If unauthorised changes are made to the product, the certificate will be withdrawn and the TÜV SÜD certification mark may no longer be used.