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SUSTAINABLE FOR A BETTER FUTURE

Renewable energy provides new viable sources of power for the planet and gets a boost from TÜV SÜD

With the power of the sun: solar park in Germany. TÜV SÜD gives new momentum to the green energy revolution.
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More than one thousand years ago, the inhabitants of Easter Island chopped down the forests upon which their existence depended. To this day, hardly any trees grow there. That situation is a cautionary tale, which the energy revolution may help us avoid by pointing the way to greater sustainability.

What was once a waste dump in Malaysia has evolved into a power generation facility. Backed by an investment of about 34 million euros, a consortium is constructing Malaysia’s largest energy park at the former Pajam landfill in Nilai (in the south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur). The 13-megawatt solar power facility will soon provide environmentally friendly power for 17,000 households.

Cypark Resources Bhd, which provides integrated solutions in the field of environmental technology, turned to TÜV SÜD for assistance in this showcase project. The inspectors are tasked with certifying the facility’s compatibility with the grid, as well as evaluating the location, the quality of the components used, the frame construction, and the solar module assembly. As a result, they will certify an operationally ready solar power station on a piece of land worth very little to date. Now, climate-friendly power will supplant foul heaps of trash.

The trend toward a sustainable economy is changing power generation systems worldwide. For that reason, TÜV SÜD has taken a very broad position in this sector. In fact, its inspectors can provide safety certifications for almost any industry segment. In offshore wind farms, they examine the wind turbine foundations, generators, transformer stations, and internal cabling. For manufacturers, planners, operators, authorities, and insurance companies operating in the biogas industry, TÜV SÜD offers comprehensive support for approvals, operations, grid feed-in, compensation, and insurance for these facilities.

TÜV SÜD also offers an extensive service package for hydropower stations, which includes design optimization in the planning phase, service life tracking, function and design analysis, commissioning inspections, monitoring, and damage analysis. For photovoltaic power stations and biomass production, TÜV SÜD’s portfolio features custom-tailored services.

An enterprise that has already benefitted from these services is Green Vision Seven SRL in Romania. In Ucea de Sus, TÜV SÜD experts participated in a 55-megawatt photovoltaic power plant project. “We have been working with TÜV SÜD for a long time and rely on their expertise to confirm that our plant design and building construction are optimized,” says Damian Dillon of Green Vision, which operates the facility.