DNV GL and Chinese Qualification Certification (CQC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to better support and guide manufacturers of wind turbines and key components through the local Chinese regulatory compliance process. The MoU is particularly focused on the new standards and regulations from China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) that will come into force on 1 July 2015 and have been created to improve the reliability and technical quality control of wind power equipment in China. The agreement with CQC enables the acceptance of DNV GL certificates in the region. CQC will issue local type and component certification certificates based on DNV GL’s existing certificates and certain necessary supplementary assessment according to Chinese standards.
China invested nearly $90 billion into its solar and wind sectors last year highlighting the huge market opportunity for wind power equipment suppliers. The country’s total wind power capacity is already calculated to be bigger than that of the whole of the UK’s total electricity supply. To ensure high quality of the installed wind turbines and components in China NEA has introduced new regulations. Companies failing to comply with these new regulations risk penalties from NEA, including being restricted from selling within the Chinese market.
Mike Woebbeking, Director and Service Area Leader for Renewables Certification at DNV GL said: “Until today, only Chinese industry bodies have been able to offer the certificate, so we are proud that by this cooperation DNV GL’s independent expertise and our international certificates are also acknowledged in this important market. The agreement with CQC provides a detailed solution to our existing and new customers to be in compliance with the new standards released by the NEA, such as the ‘GB / Z25458-2010 wind turbine qualified certification rules and procedures’. By working with international certification bodies, we believe players from in- and outside China will be encouraged to invest in the Chinese wind market and accelerate the growth of clean energy in China.”