SOURCE: DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability

DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability

April 26, 2012 09:01 ET

KEMA-Powertest Lab Receives UL Qualification

Third-Party Test Data Program Optimizes Utilization to Reduce Testing Lead Times and Associated Costs

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - Apr 26, 2012) - DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability today announced that its KEMA-Powertest lab has received UL's Third Party Test Data Program (TPTDP) qualification, which enables the lab to conduct standard UL low-, medium-, and high-voltage type testing at its main U.S. testing facility in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. UL is internationally recognized and trusted throughout the business community for its testing standards and capabilities.

TPTDP qualification acknowledges that the KEMA-Powertest lab, technicians, and testing methods have been analyzed and validated to confirm that all standard UL requirements are continually met. As a part of the Data Acceptance Program, the TPTDP qualification process begins with an investigative technical audit to verify that laboratory operations include properly documented policies and procedures to manage standardization during the testing, recording, and reporting of data.

The TPTDP grants the KEMA-Powertest lab the right to conduct tests in accordance with IEEE and UL standards on gas-insulated switchgears, circuit breakers, and power transformers. Any tests and data sheets by DNV KEMA, in conformance to the standard, will be accepted by UL as if conducted at a UL facility. UL experts will then review the data and construction of the device and issue the UL mark only if the product is compliant.

The TPTDP enables DNV KEMA to

  • Conduct thorough on-site testing that meets standardized UL criteria
  • Offer clients increased flexibility to schedule testing and reduce testing costs
  • Reduce lead time for client UL certification

Paul Leufkens, president, KEMA-Powertest, said the UL qualification underscores DNV KEMA's unparalleled lab capabilities and its commitment to the utility industry. "By offering UL qualification within our lab, customers will save time and money and have more options for scheduling this type of testing. We continue to pursue capabilities that provide the highest levels of service and expertise to our customers."

Jeff Smidt, vice president & general manager - Energy and Industrial Systems, UL LLC, stated, "UL partnered with DNV KEMA to provide the medium- and high-voltage testing customer with the UL certificate quickly and efficiently. We look forward to continuing our relationship with DNV KEMA."

About UL
UL is a premier global safety science company with more than 100 years of proven history. Employing nearly 9,000 professionals in 46 countries, UL is evolving the future of safety with five distinct business units -- Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, Verification and Knowledge Services -- to meet the expanding needs of customers and the global public. For more information on UL's family of companies and network of 95 laboratory, testing and certification facilities, go to www.UL.com.

About DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability
DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, with more than 2,300 experts in over 30 countries around the world, is committed to driving the global transition toward a safe, reliable, efficient, and clean energy future. With a heritage of nearly 150 years, we specialize in providing world-class, innovative solutions in the fields of business & technical consultancy, testing, inspections & certification, risk management, and verification. As an objective and impartial knowledge-based company, we advise and support organizations along the energy value chain: producers, suppliers & end-users of energy, equipment manufacturers, as well as government bodies, corporations and non-governmental organizations. DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability is part of DNV, a global provider of services for managing risk with more than 10,000 employees in over 100 countries. For more information on DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, visit www.dnvkema.com.

About KEMA-Powertest
KEMA-Powertest, LLC, a part of DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, is the largest high-power electrical testing laboratory in the United States. It has provided electrical power, dielectric, and mechanical testing services to a variety of clients from the energy and utility industry since 1969.

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