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Solar panel testing laboratory opens in Vancouver


Cleveland, OH and Vancouver , BC – Testing and certification organization CSA International has opened a state-of-the-art laboratory for the testing and certification of solar panels and equipment used as an alternative energy source for homes and businesses worldwide.

“This new facility will increase testing capacity for the rapidly growing photovoltaic market which recorded 110% growth in 2008,” says Randall W. Luecke, president, CSA International.

Testing and certification of photovoltaic (PV) modules at the lab are conducted in accordance with North American and international standards. The lab features conditioning chambers that perform TC200 / HF10 temperature cycling tests to simulate extreme weather fluctuations. To ensure the modules meet shock and fire standards, the lab can test panels for reverse current overload, current leakage, water resistance, and impact and scratch resistance.

The Vancouver-based CSA International solar photovoltaic laboratory will better serve the certification and testing needs of North American and international clients. The company says the PV lab will soon operate at full capacity to meet high demands for alternative energy products.