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Title: Solar Keymark

Solar Keymark
  • The European Certification Scheme

Solar Heating and Cooling
  • Also known as solar thermal or solar water
  • Part of Renewable Heating and Cooling sector
  • Solar Thermal
  • Geothermal
  • Biomass
  • Solar Thermal Energy ? Solar (Thermal) Power

Solar Thermal Collectors
Flat Plate Collectors
Evacuated Tube Collectors
Solar Thermal Collectors
Unglazed Collectors
Air Collectors
Solar Thermal Systems
Forced Circulation DHW, Combi or Combi (DHW
heating cooling)
Thermosiphon Domestic Hot Water (DHW)
The Solar Keymark
Why a Solar Keymark
  • In the 1990s
  • financial support programs in various countries
  • European market grew from 250.000 kWth to over
    800.000 kWth per year
  • Many companies started exporting their
  • Different requirements in every incentive
    programmes became an obstacle to market entry

Why a Solar Keymark
  • Before 2003 If manufacturers wanted to sell one
    product to different countries in Europe, they
    had to undergo several tests and gain additional
    certificates and approvals.
  • very complicated, expensive and cumbersome
  • In 2003 the European Solar Thermal Industry and
    major testing institutes formulated the Solar
    Keymark Scheme rules

Why a Solar Keymark
  • To certify conformity with EN standards
  • EN 12975 for collectors
  • EN 12976 for factory made systems
  • EN 12977 for custom built systems
  • To reduce wild growth of testing requirements,
    establishment of certificates in order to reduce
    the trade barriers and open the European market
    for solar thermal products

What is the Solar Keymark
  • The Keymark is the
  • pan-European voluntary
  • third-party certification mark, demonstrating to
    users and consumers that a product is in
    conformity with the relevant European Standard.
  • Note the Keymark should not be confused with CE

.. the key to the European market !!!
How does the Solar Keymark work
  • 4 Key requirements
  • Initial type test at an accredited test lab
  • Sample selected by inspector out of production or
  • Factory production control system (similar to ISO
    9000 series)
  • Physical inspection of current product after 2

How does the Solar Keymark work
  • Current standards
  • Collectors EN 12975
  • Durability, reliability, safety, performance of
    liquid heating collectors, glazed unglazed
  • Not included air collectors

How does the Solar Keymark work
  • Current standards
  • Factory made systems EN 12976
  • Durability, reliability, safety, performance of
  • Custom built systems EN 12977
  • Water stores
  • Other components soon

Why is the Solar Keymark a success story
  • strong increase of
  • certified products
  • over 1800 products already
  • most national
  • subsidy schemes and regulations in EU
  • accept Solar KEYMARK

Why is the Solar Keymark a success story
  • Reduced testing for producers
  • one test for all countries
  • freedom of choice with testing centers
  • type testing instead of testing of all possible
    collectors (different sizes,..)
  • Easier and faster access to markets
  • Europe and beyond
  • new products

Why is the Solar Keymark a success story
  • Quality assurance for customers and public
  • Improved competitiveness
  • Following most developed standards for solar
    thermal worldwide
  • Through factory inspection the standard of
    production processes improves

More information
  • list of certified products
  • list of testing laboratories
  • list of certification bodies
  • download brochures in
  • Croatian (or 9 other languages)
  • detailed country reports

Please do not hesitate to contact us
  • European Solar Thermal Industry Federation
    (ESTIF)Renewable Energy HouseRue dArlon
    63-67B-1040 BrusselsTel 32 2 400 10 80Fax
    32 2 546 19 39Email Website
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