With an increasing importance of inverters as energy and data hubs, TÜV Rheinland has formed a unique worldwide network of testing laboratories for various power-level inverters, Inverter Services Network (ISN), by uniting its nine facilities located in Australia, Germany, Greater China (Shanghai and Taiwan), Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, and the United States. Integrating these geographically diverse labs in one cohesive service structure will result in a fast, cost-effective and streamlined service.
The company’s ISN network will share subject knowledge, local grid code requirements, testing resources and lab accreditations. More than 25 experts with extensive knowledge in inverter technology will deliver comprehensive support for their colleagues in 65 countries providing services on site and at manufacturer facilities. Operation efficiencies, enhanced communication, and reduced need for international travel are all expected to reduce costs for customers.
TÜV Rheinland has been performing inverter testing around the world for a number of years. The facility in Pleasanton, Calif., opened in 2013 and tests small- to mid-sized inverters and converters according to all relevant US and international safety, grid, and performance standards, and sets up and witnesses large, utility-scale inverters on location at customer facilities. TÜV Rheinland provides necessary listing reports and issues the appropriate U.S. (NRTL) and international certifications for inverters to be used in any location.