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China solar firm launches PV module testing lab

"State-of-the-art" Facility aims to accelerate R&D and reduce lead times

the facility aims to speed up R&D in solar technology
The facility aims to speed up R&D and reduce lead times in solar technology

Firm JinkoSolar has opened of a PV module testing laboratory in China. The Chinese solar manufacturer’s "state-of-the-art" facility, which is in Jiangxi, can conduct over 16 different kinds of tests, ranging from basic pressure and impact tests to challenging hot spot, pre-decay and UV aging tests.

Kangping Chen, CEO of JinkoSolar, said: “The opening of JinkoSolar’s new world class PV module testing laboratory complements our mission to produce the highest quality and most reliable solar panels in the industry. The professional personnel and testing facilities will help the company accelerate its R&D process and reduce lead time of testing and qualification so that we can bring the latest solar technology to our customers as fast as possible. We believe that only non-compromising quality standards of PV modules can guarantee customer trust and loyalty.

The China facility has been awarded the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Witness Testing Data Program (WTDP) Certificate. JinkoSolar worked with UL, a global leader for product safety, to conduct the testing required to obtain the certification. Through its WTDP, customer and third party facilities may conduct tests under the supervision of UL personnel, which both ensures high quality products and expedite the time to market.

The factory is furnished with cutting edge equipment to conduct tests in accordance with UL test standards and procedures. All tests conform to UL and International Electrotechnical Commission regulations.

“UL certification is the most important certification in the United States. We are committed to expanding our footprint in the US market for the long haul,” said Kangping Chen.

In establishing the facility, JinkoSolar received both technical guidance and oversight from professional technical expert witnesses from UL. In two to three years, JinkoSolar aims to reach a higher level of strategic partnership with UL under its Client Test Data Program (CTDP). Under the CTDP, JinkoSolar will be authorized by UL to conduct test programs independently.

UL knowledge services representative David Qian, said: “The newly established JinkoSolar lab marks our first local witness testing lab in the Jiangxi province of China. Together with our global business development experience, these local testing capabilities affirm UL’s efforts to expand and optimise our local services as we provide robust and effective support to the manufacturing industry. As an established and committed advocate for wider adoption of photovoltaics, JinkoSolar will be able enhance its own testing capabilities through its partnership with UL.”