Polymeric materials are essential to the fabrication of PV modules and used in critical components such as substrates, encapsulants, back sheets and adhesives. Safety compliance with established standards minimizes risk of failure and ensures safe operation, covering such areas as flammability, resistance to ignition, thermal endurance and electrical properties. We can run separate investigations, as well, to evaluate the properties of critical module components.
GRL in partnership with UL offers streamlined testing and certification of PV materials to:
Wiring and harnesses
PV modules operate at high temperatures and are exposed to a variety of environmental conditions. As a result, the insulation of module interconnection wiring may be required to be sunlight resistant and rated for wet locations at a temperature rating of 90ºC or above. GRL provides testing and certification to:
Solar connectors and junction boxes
Critical components of a PV module must be individually assessed to determine safety and performance compliance. Noncompliance may delay product certification, increasing time-to-market as well as costs for design changes – and results in additional testing.
GRL evaluates and certifies components to national and international standards:
To assist manufacturers, GRL also offers the UL Component Recognition program, which allows quicker and easier sourcing of known components as well as enhanced supply chain management.