Schatz Energy Research Center

Solar products test lab

A student research assistant unpacks solar products.

The Schatz Center has been testing off-grid solar products since 2006. Early activities involved a partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory through the Lumina Project. In 2009 we became the technical lead for the Lighting Global Quality Assurance program, which is a joint initiative of the International Finance Corporation and World Bank. Our work on the Lighting Global Quality Assurance effort now involves partnership with CLASP, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. Since 2009, our laboratory has tested over 150 off-grid solar products and has played a critical role in the development of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Specification 62257-9-5.

A Schatz engineering technicians measures the IV curve of a PV module.

Our laboratory’s ISO 17025 accreditation certificate to conduct testing according to IEC/TS 62257-9-5 is issued by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB). Using the Lighting Global Quality Assurance Protocols for Solar Home System Kits, we are also able to test most SHS kits up to approximately 100 W. We are approved by Lighting Global to conduct all test types for pico-products and SHS kits, including the Quality Test Method, Associate Renewal testing, Accelerated Verification Method, Initial Screening Method, and Market Check Method. With over ten years of experience in off-grid product testing, we are uniquely equipped to test complex lighting technologies and implement new testing strategies.

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