TÜV Rheinland joins MCS to provide solar panel certification

TÜV Rheinland (China) Ltd has been announced as the first MCS product certification body based outside of Europe to focus on the certification of solar panel products in the UK.

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This partnership with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) marks an initial emphasis on solar technology, with a strategic vision to expand into heat pump technology in the future. 

TÜV Rheinland (China) Ltd is a subsidiary of TÜV Rheinland Group, an international independent third-party testing, inspection, and certification organisation,

MCS, the standards organisation for small-scale renewable energy and heating across the UK, requires installers and product manufacturers to adhere to a certain level of quality in line with their product and installation standards. Accredited certification bodies manage product certification to MCS standards.  

Demand for solar is set to increase 

Today, MCS certification is held by 71 manufacturers across their ranges of solar PV products. TÜV Rheinland will assess products in its testing laboratories to ensure that they comply with the quality standards required under MCS and award the use of the MCS certification mark. 

Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS, said at the announcement: “The UK’s demand for solar powered homes has never been higher, and is set to increase further under UK government plans to increase solar capacity by nearly fivefold to 70 GW by 2035 as part of wider plans to power up Britain with cleaner, cheaper, and more secure energy sources. “ 

He added: “Accredited product certification bodies play a critical role in strengthening the UK supply chain for renewable technologies and will help broaden choice for installers and consumers alike. This is a significant relationship for us, TÜV Rheinland is a large and well-respected certification body, and the partnership will help us to champion quality and grow the number of certified products.” 

Development of renewable energy 

Strengthening the alliance, Dr. Christos Monokroussos and Li Weichun, two technical experts from TÜV Rheinland, have joined the MCS Solar PV and Battery Storage Working Groups responsible for formulating standards. Their expertise and experience in the fields of solar energy and power electronics will be instrumental to MCS in driving the future development of renewable energy.  

Kimmo Fuller, executive vice president of TÜV Rheinland Business Stream Products, stated: “Our partnership with MCS is an opportunity to take renewable energy technology to new heights in the UK. Our longstanding commitment to sustainability and global presence in renewable energy will contribute to innovation, product reliability, and efficiency. We’re reinforcing the vision of MCS certification as the gold standard in homes and communities across the country.”