Monday, September 16, 2013

New Solar Energy Standards for the 2nd Quarter 2013

Document Center Inc. is pleased to announce that the following New Standards on Solar Engineering are now available:

  • BS EN 50530, 2010 Edition with Amendment A1, Overall efficiency of grid connected photovoltaic inverters
  • BS EN 50548, 2011 Edition with Amendment A1, Junction boxes for photovoltaic modules
  • IEC 61427-1, Edition 1.0, Secondary cells and batteries for renewable energy storage - General requirements and methods of test - Part 1: Photovoltaic off-grid application
  • IEC 62257-9-5, Edition 2.0, Recommendations for small renewable energy and hybrid systems for rural electrification - Part 9-5: Integrated system - Selection of stand-alone lighting kits for rural electrification
  • IEC 62716, Edition 1.0, Photovoltaic (PV) modules - Ammonia corrosion testing

For more standards on the same topic, please see our Document Center List of Standards on Solar Energy.

It's come to my attention that some folks don't quite understand why I blog on new standards in specific industry sectors each day.  I believe that one of the most difficult things for most compliance professional to do is to review the changing literature to confirm that his company is keeping up with industry best practices.  So while it may see odd to have a blog that is just a list of various standards, it actually fills an important part of the conformance engineer's job requirements.  

Traditionally, in the standards business, your standards sources may provide you with notification services for items that you have previously purchased.  Certainly here at Document Center, we regularly inform our customers about changes to the documents they own and use.  This is one of our essential functions, and one that we believe we do better than the competition.

But what about new documents?  How is a quality manager or a product designer supposed to find out what's new on specific topics on a regular basis?

Today's list is a good example.  Here are 5 documents in the important area of Solar Energy.  If you purchased three of them already, you may be getting notifications on the changes from your vendor (Document Center customers certainly did).  But what about the two First Edition documents from IEC?  How would you learn about those new standards?

You may be lucky and have a contact who was on the committee.  Or the IEC Technical Advisory Group contact might have issued information on the new releases.  But chances are good that you haven't heard about them yet.

Because Document Center has an extensive database (over 800,000 standards) and because we add new information to it daily, it is not so very difficult for us to mine the data we're collecting.  As a courtesy to our customers and others, we strive to use our expertise on these document to create useful information for you on a regular basis.

We have current awareness programs available, of course.  But using a blog to review the new releases is a straightforward way to get this information out to the general public and particularly to folks interested in standards.

We hope you find the daily listing to be of interest and that it helps you do your job better.