The fast growing renewable energy sector, whether solar, wind or tidal, represents a huge global opportunity for the cable industry while presenting a range of new challenges to deliver to the right standards.
By its nature renewable energy production requires equipment and cables must perform in extreme conditions. BASEC’s accredited product testing and certification provides independent evidence that cables meet the specific national and international standards for use and ensure the highest reliability and quality through the lifetime of supply and use.
Challenging environments such as harsh sunlight, extreme heat and high winds, plus exposure to impure rainwater. In addition, for wind power resistance to torsion is often also required. High performance and robustness are essential.
Third party, independent testing and certification from BASEC, with our reputation for quality and safety, provides the necessary evidence and peace of mind to specifiers and purchasers in these sectors.
The global market for photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems is growing rapidly and, as all solar projects require extensive levels of cabling, represents a considerable opportunity for cable manufacturers.
The location of solar projects necessitates longevity and low maintenance, particularly in the remote applications as mentioned above. All cables must comply with relevant international legislation, as well as any project-specific demands.
The two applicable standards for solar cables for use in DC apparatus are IEC 62930: ed 1.0:2017 and (BS) EN 50618:2014.
BASEC's international team of engineers, technicians and auditors possess extensive in-depth commercial, industrial and technical experience. As a result, BASEC has a global reputation for rigorous assessment processes, which ultimately lead to the issuing of our highly respected product certifications and test reports.
BASEC services for the renewable energy sector
Accredited product testing for manufacturers: We offer testing of regular and specialist cables to ensure they meet the specific requirements and standards demanded by your customers, in the form of an accredited test report.
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Pre-shipment testing, inspection and batch testing for manufacturers: Independent testing of samples prior to despatch gives assurance to your customers of their compliance with all the relevant standards and requirements.
Production witnessing for manufacturers: BASEC auditors can independently witness your production if required by your customers.
Quality assurance checks for contractors: Independent, 3rd party testing gives you the confidence that the cable you are specifying meet your customers’ requirements.
Product certification and approval for manufacturers: A comprehensive product testing and approvals service for cable manufacturers with ongoing surveillance testing and regular audit. Provides customers with ongoing, independent evidence of quality and safety.
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Management systems certification for manufacturers: Enables cable manufacturers and distributors to achieve discrete auditing of management systems, leading to certification of ISO 9001, or integrated auditing to achieve Triple Standard certification for Quality, Safety and Environment, thereby enhancing reputation and competitive advantage.
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We test to sector standards and specifications such as EN 50618, IEC 62930 for photovoltaic systems and MV cables for wind power application such as IEC 60502-1, IEC 60502-2, BS 6622, BS 7835 and IEC 63026.
We can also undertake thermal endurance testing for photo voltaic cables to determine their longevity.