Task 57
Task 57
SHC Task 57

Solar Standards and Certification

Project (Task) Description

The task is supporting harmonized standardization and certification. The Global Solar Certification Network has been implemented and is now in operation. ISO standards have been promoted and new proposals for ISO standards have been developed. Guidelines for establishing certification schemes at different levels are given.

Global Solar Certification Network (GSCN)

The Global Solar Certification Network (GSCN) is now in operation.

The GSCN facilitates cross-border trading for manufacturers and other suppliers of solar thermal products; its objective is to minimize the need for re-testing and re-certification in each new country where products are to be marketed and sold.

GSCN gives the framework for cooperation between solar certification bodies/schemes around the world. When a product has been certified by one of the participating certification bodies/schemes, the product can obtain certification from other participating certification schemes without re-testing of the product and without re-inspection of production facilities. By the end of 2018, certification schemes from USA, Europe and China are represented in the GSCN.

The GSCN is made up by industry representatives and participating certification bodies, test labs and inspection bodies + supporting members.

The concept of re-use of test and inspection reports in different certification schemes is now working. It has already been used by the first manufacturers – saving them a significant amount of money and time.

More information at the GSCN website: WWW.GSCN.SOLAR.

Support to ISO standardization

Four draft proposals for new ISO standards on solar thermal systems/components have been elaborated:

Some basic work was done for potential future standardization:

Promotion of ISO standards and capacity building in certification

A comprehensive guideline for use of the new solar collector testing standard ISO 9806:2017 has been elaborated. The purpose of this guide is to provide guidance about the application and use of the ISO 9806:2017 standard, concerning the testing of solar thermal collectors. It is intended to support the interpretation and application of the standard. The guide has been developed with three different target groups and objectives in mind. - A guide directed to established and new test laboratories for collector testing. The main purpose here is to give a quick introduction to the standard for new laboratories and in general to contribute to a uniform interpretation of the standard and presentation of results. - A guide directed to manufacturers and importers of collectors. Here, the purpose is to give a very light introduction to the standard and to explain how it is used for type testing as well as for innovation and development support. - A guide directed to certification bodies. The intention here is to provide access to easy evaluation of the presented results.

A new questionnaire with indication of interest in use of international standards has been elaborated – and the results analyzed.

To support implementation of certification schemes in countries regions with tradition/experience in certification scheme, an introduction to product certification schemes at a general level has been elaborated. Here guidelines for how to initiate and implement a certification scheme for solar heating and cooling products are given.

In the Arab countries a certification scheme (SHAMCI) for solar thermal product is being introduced. SHAMCI is very much inspired by the European certification scheme Solar Keymark, and in the task a comparison between SHAMCI and Solar Keymark has been elaborated.