Certification of power generation units according to the German Medium Voltage Regulation ( Mittelspannungsrichtlinie):
Generation unit certificate for renewable energy generation units and plants
In future, before power from renewable energies can be fed into the grid, the operators of generation units will have to present a so-called "generation unit certificate". Grid operators have been demanding this proof - intended to ensure system stability - for a long time now; as from April 2011 it will be obligatory if the operator of the generation unit wishes to qualify for the so-called system performance bonus. TÜV NORD CERT offers the required certification and smoothes the path to connection to the grid.
Certification of power plant characteristics
The certification is based on the "Medium Voltage Regulation" of the Federal Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) and the regulations of the Society for the Promotion of Wind Energy (FGW). The assessment testifies that generation units and plants such as heat and power cogeneration plants, photovoltaic installations and wind turbines fulfil certain power generation criteria and therefore contribute to the stability of the grid. In addition to fulfilment of the regulations mentioned above, a quality management system must also be in place. A further prerequisite is measurement of the generation unit by an accredited test laboratory; TÜV NORD CERT can arrange for this measurement on request.
TÜV NORD CERT is a member of both the BDEW and the FGW, has comprehensive know-how in the field of renewable energies and is one of the first organisations to offer this certification. The certificate is valid for five years; surveillance is performed once a year on site.
The TÜV NORD CERT service portfolio also includes certification according to the Transmission Code. This means that certification can also be provided for generation units which want to be connected to the high or extra-high voltage grids.