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Tests of solar energy systems

Solar collectors, modules and components are being tested by universities, magazines and further institutions. The results are accessible on different ways, partly for free, to some extend liable for costs.

Voluminous tests of solar heating systems and collector presents the Swiss “SPF Institute” at Rapperswil on its website. It offers comprehensive services related to thermal solar collectors. These services are useful to manufacturers as proof of the performance of their products, for quality control and as marketing instruments. The measurements and results help the system designer and the building services engineer as a basis for correct system dimensioning. The published test reports provide orientation within the market to the end user: www.solarenergy.ch/e/spf/index.htm

Further Information is provided by the Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central Florida.

Testing and certification of both solar water and pool heating collectors is a State of Florida mandated activity. All collectors and systems sold or manufactured in Florida must be certified by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). The FSEC testing program evaluates solar collectors to determine that they meet the certification standards developed by FSEC.

The Florida Solar Energy Center also offers a list of approved photovoltaic systems and information on FSEC-approved grid-connected PV systems. Included are sizes, model numbers, major components, supplier contacts and documentation associated with maintaining approvals: www.fsec.ucf.edu/pvt/BuyInstallPV/pvapprovals/approvals1.htm.

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