CFV Solar Test Laboratory
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems
Photovoltaic Concepts in the American Southwest
CFV Solar Test Laboratory, Inc. (CFV) is a photovoltaic test center which opened on April 7, 2011. It is jointly owned by CSA International, VDE Testing and Certification Institute, Fraunhofer ISE, and Fraunhofer CSE. It is located in Albuquerque, NM, in a state-of-the art facility.
CFV performs safety, performance and reliability testing of PV modules. Together with its partners CSA International and VDE the new CFV test laboratory is able to provide global certification, combining testing to North American standards (UL 1703), and International standards (IEC 61215, 61646 and 61730-2).
CFV cooperates closely with the co-located Fraunhofer research center to provide testing solutions for the most advanced PV technologies and to promote the development of new testing methodologies.
Major news stories relating to Fraunhofer's Southwest Test Center collaboration.
- Photon Magazine: "Solar Hub of the South" (PDF, 655KB)
- New CFV Solar Testing Laboratory Opens in Albuquerque to Speed International Certification for Solar Panels
- CSA Group, VDE Institute, Fraunhofer CSE and ISE Announce Joint Agreement for Photovoltaic Module Testing Services
- Albuquerque, NM Chosen As Site of New Solar Photovoltaic Test Laboratory