Underwriters Laboratories Expands Global Photovoltaic Footprint To China

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Underwriters Laboratories Expands Global Photovoltaic Footprint to China

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

In Response to Growing Demand, Photovoltaic Testing Leader, UL, Announces New 

                             Facility in Suzhou, China

    Underwriters Laboratories, a world leader in product safety testing and certification,

announced today the expansion of its global photovoltaic testing services to Suzhou, China,

where it will open a Photovoltaic Technology Center of Excellence. The new facility, set to

open on February 26, 2009, will be the largest photovoltaic testing laboratory in Greater China

and have the capability to test to both UL and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

Standards. This announcement marks yet another step in UL's ongoing commitment to the

development of safe renewable energy equipment.


    The new 400-square-meter testing facility, the largest in Asia, will enable UL's customers to

get their products to market faster due to increased testing capacity. This facility, which will

initially house six state-of-the-art test chambers, will continue to expand in 2009, as more

capacity is needed. According to industry experts, the global PV market is expected to grow by

15 percent every year for the next five years, hitting $32 billion by 2012. 

    "Now, more than ever, manufacturers are looking for a trusted partner in  the certification

industry to help bring their innovations to market faster and more efficiently," said Jeff Smidt,

General Manager of UL's Global Energy Business. "With the launch of our new facility, we will

better serve our customers by providing a full portfolio of testing and certification services 

in China, as well as access to the global market."  

    The Renewable Energy Law passed by the Chinese government in March 2005 stipulates

that 10 percent of China's energy must come from renewable resources by 2020-a fact that

underlines the country's increased demand for first-rate PV testing services. 


    "China is the third largest manufacturer of photovoltaic products in the world and production

keeps increasing. It is the industry's manufacturing base, and that is why UL is growing its PV

testing capacity in this region," said Smidt. 

    The Photovoltaic Technology Center of Excellence in Suzhou, China is located in the New

Hi-Tech Industrial Park, 98 Hengshan Road, Suzhou New District. UL's first Center of

Excellence, which opened in July 2008, is located in San Jose, California.  UL is currently

expanding that lab as the demand for PV certification services continues to increase. For more 

information on these facilities or UL's PV services go to 


    About Underwriters Laboratories  

    Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization

that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for over a century. UL

evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually

with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year. UL's

worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 64 laboratory, 

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testing and certification facilities serving customers in 98 countries. For more information, visit:


     Media Contacts 

     Elizabeth Sherman 

     GolinHarris for UL 




     Yassie Dunn 

     Underwriters Laboratories 




SOURCE: Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 


    CONTACT:  Elizabeth Sherman of GolinHarris



              for Underwriters Laboratories; or 

              Yassie Dunn of Underwriters Laboratories



   Web site:  http://www.UL.com

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