IEA-PVPS Archive

The Archive section contains a library of publications produced by the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) since its inception in 1995. These documents are organized by type, activity, year, country and task. For a hint to find specific documents please read the "How to Find Documents in the Archive" link.


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Title:Survey of national and international standards, guidelines & QA procedures for stand-alone PV systems, 2nd edition - 2004
Issue date:2004/04/30
Description:Task 3 of the Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme, Stand-alone and Island Applications, is focusing efforts on Quality Assurance (QA) aspects of stand-alone PV systems. As a starting point for this work, a review of existing programmes of standardisation and QA for PV was necessary, in order to gain an overall picture of the work presently being done and so identify ways in which Task 3 can best make a contribution to this work. This survey describes the role of international and national standardisation and QA organisations, and the work which they are conducting to provide guidelines for the application of quality stand-alone PV (SAPV) systems. The document undertakes a review of existing standards and guidelines, and describes in brief any relevant specifications, reports and Best Practices which are relevant to the subject of QA procedures for SAPV systems. This document has been made available on the internet. Most of the standards published to date concern PV modules and their measurement methods. However in recent years, major international standards committees, such as IEC and CENELEC, have started work on standards for PV systems and the electronic components required for their control (BOS components). In addition, the PV GAP was initiated by the PV industry to address the problem of PV system quality. This organization has published a number of global interim standards to attempt to accelerate the supply and installation of quality systems. A number of other organizations are also active in this field, with the aim of improving the quality of installed SAPV systems. These include the World Bank, the UNDP, GTZ, and also a number of national programmes which have been started to address the lack of globally accepted standards, test procedures and laboratories for SAPV systems. This survey reviews the progress made by these organisations. The survey identifies areas where there are insufficient, or no guidelines, and suggests a Task 3 plan of action to fill some of these gaps. The document in itself identifies all the existing widely used guidelines for SAPV systems and provides a useful resource which describes the current status of existing standards and QA programmes in this field.
Creator / Publisher:Alison Wilshaw, Jonathan Bates, Rolf Oldach  /  IEA PVPS
Copyright:IEA PVPS
Filesize:819 Kilobyte
Technical report
Task 3