The German Federal Network Agency has taken action against a make of solar panel optimizer that has been causing radio interference
A translation of the VERON post reads:
The German Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) reports in its official publication Amtsblatt 9 that a device from SolarEdge does not comply with the EU Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive. BNetzA indicates that the EU declaration of conformity is not in order and that the interference levels are too high. BNetzA therefore imposes a market-restricting measure on SolarEdge.
The device in question is a so-called optimizer (model P300, P370, P600, P600-M27) for solar panel installations. In accordance with Article 38 (4) of the EU Directive, BNetA has imposed a market restrictive measure for the German market. German market participants have four weeks to communicate their position on this to BNetzA.
Article 38, paragraph 4 of the EU Directive reads as follows.
If the relevant economic operator [SolarEdge’s representative in Germany] fails to take effective corrective action within the time limit referred to in the second subparagraph of paragraph 1, the market surveillance authorities [Bundesnetzagentur] shall take all appropriate interim measures to prevent the making available on their national market [Germany] of the prohibit or restrict equipment, or withdraw it from the market or recall it in the Member State concerned.
Market surveillance authorities shall immediately inform the Commission and the other Member States of these measures.
Many more products are not adequate
Last week, we published two articles on the results of EU EMC studies on solar panel installations and LED lighting respectively. This shows, among other things, that 75% of the investigated PV systems (solar panel installations) and 25% of investigated LED lighting do not meet the emission requirements of the EU EMC directive. In addition to technical requirements, the EU EMC directive also prescribes administrative requirements, for example with regard to the mandatory CE marking and the EU declaration of conformity.
With its measure, the German Bundesnetzagentur shows what the consequences of non-conformity can be. Incidentally, the imposed measure only applies to Germany, despite the fact that the applied directive is a European one. Other EU member states therefore decide independently whether they want to take similar measures. As mentioned above, other Member States will be informed of the German measure.
The publication of the German Bundesnetzagentur: Amtsblatt 9; Bonn, 12 May 2021
The applicable EU directive: Directive 2014/30 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council – February 26, 2014 – on the approximation of the laws of the member states related to electromagnetic compatibility
Our article of 17 May 2021: Solar panel installations: 92% does not comply with the EU EMC directive
Our article from May 19, 2021: LED lighting: 60% does not comply with EU EMC directive
Source VERON https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Netherlands
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