The global energy storage industry has been actively developing power storage products, and thus the technical standards and safety regulations for Rechargeable Energy Storage Systems (RESS) are also evolving to keep up with the emergence of these new technologies. To meet the needs of this rapidly changing industry, TÜV SÜD formulated and issued an energy storage system standard, PPP 59034A.
“Our TÜV SÜD standard ensures that energy storage systems are safe,” said Volker Blandow, head of TÜV SÜD’s e-Mobility business line. “We have been able to respond faster than other standardization and testing organizations, thanks to our long-standing experience in the field of battery testing and associated power electronics for mobile and stationary applications.”
Certification in line with the TÜV SÜD energy storage system standard is based on the company’s comprehensive experience in the field of safety testing of lithium-ion batteries, inverters, power electronics, and functional safety, which were incorporated into a targeted battery of tests. The test standard includes checks of the mechanical, electrical and software-related design of the storage system, safety and environmental tests on the batteries, inverter tests for safety and network compliance, review of the product documentation for completeness and plausibility, and on-site inspection of ongoing large-scale production at the manufacturer’s premises.
This energy storage system standard was developed based on TÜV SÜD’s wide experience and technical expertise in the fields of photovoltaic energy, wind energy and storage energy cells, as well as experience gained from working with countries such as Germany, Italy, and Japan, which are amongst the top in renewable energy applications. In addition, TÜV SÜD also provides training, consultation, product testing and certification services to effectively bridge any gaps in current RESS standards.
TÜV SÜD receives recognition for its energy storage system standard
On May 10th, 2015, TÜV SÜD was presented with the “Annual Best Certification Service Institution in the Energy Storage Industry” award at the recent China International Energy Storage Station Congress (ESSC) for its contribution to the industry in the development of safe quality energy storage systems. Mr. Blandow received the award on behalf of TÜV SÜD. ESSC is one of the most prestigious energy storage conferences in China and was attended by more than 1,000 experts in the energy storage field, including representatives of the National Energy Administration, Ministry of Science and Technology, Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission, State Grid Corporation of China, ESS system enterprises and battery manufacturers, who shared ideas and opinions on topics such as technological and market developments in the industry.
For more on PPP 59034A, visit tuv-sud.com.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to remove the assertion that the energy storage system standard was the first such standard.