Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries with 35,000 people in 1,000 locations in over 100 countries. Its facility in Cortland, New York is the home of the Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary.
Intertek’s expertise ranges from auditing and inspection to testing, quality assurance and certification. The company has been actively involved in battery and energy storage work at its Cortland facility for more than a decade. This has included consumer battery performance comparison testing, safety certification of batteries and various North American and International battery certifications.
With the growth of electric vehicle and large-format battery development, Intertek has heavily invested in performance, safety and abusive testing of all kinds of batteries. In 2009, it acquired Sagentia Catella AB, a Swedish laboratory and consultancy for the energy storage industry. At the same time, Intertek continued to expand its focus to renewable energy technologies including wind and photovoltaics.
Intertek formed the Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CECET) in 2012 as a university-industry partnership for accelerating clean energy technology market commercialization. CECET is supported by a $4.2 million grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and teams Intertek with an alliance of regional leaders including Clarkson University, AWS TruePower of Albany, Rochester Institute of Technology, Alfred State College and Binghamton University.
CECET is a breakthrough resource providing commercialization capabilities to the renewable energy industry. It is made up of industry experts and engineers as well as leading scientists from universities throughout New York with expertise in photovoltaic (PV), wind and battery storage technology transfer with a heavy focus on accelerated market entry strategies. Intertek will utilize CECET to assist customers whose clean energy technology spans multiple technologies and for which standards do not yet exist or need adaptation for market commercialization. CECET will help to fill gaps that exist in the commercialization process for companies entering or currently operating in the clean energy technology market.
Intertek recognizes the importance of combining the latest energy storage innovations along with the latest wind/ PV and Smart Grid technology developments. As a result, the company is in the process of adding large-format energy storage performance testing to its CECET facility. This expansion will initially focus on performance testing of large-format energy storage assemblies, as well as the ability to simulate such energy storage devices in the testing of inverters, PV and wind arrays. With this capability, Intertek can help prove out energy storage systems up to 250 kW in size, while also monitoring critical parameters and communicating directly with the battery’s control system, or alternately bypassing the control system to evaluate different charging and discharging performance parameters.
CECET is a member-based organization that provides a network with comprehensive resources for product developers and manufacturers, as well as for investors seeking technical due diligence in the renewable energy industry. The network has the resources to provide academic experts, state-of-the-art facilities, design reviews, assistance in understanding and complying with standards, and technical solutions.
Intertek’s commitment to solar and wind energy is evident in its significant investment in an innovative and strategically-located PV testing lab that will leverage the CECET network, located throughout the state of New York. The first of its kind to offer testing for certification in the northeastern United States, Intertek's new PV and wind test centers will be a core part of CECET’s network of renewable energy resources.
The decision to locate an accredited PV testing lab at Intertek’s Cortland, New York facility reflects a committed partnership with NYSERDA and is strategically designed to meet the growing needs of Intertek’s customers, making it easier for manufacturers to get products certified and ready for market. While NY-BEST is already focused on assisting the development of new energy storage technologies with its Commercialization Center, the CECET capability fills the gap for those trying to incorporate energy storage into exiting PV and wind arrays.
“New York is leading the charge in commercializing clean energy technologies,” states Rick Lewandowski, Executive Director – CECET. “From public and private investment, to research and development, to expertise in global regulatory requirements for energy creation and energy storage, organizations such as Intertek and CECET are on the cutting edge of innovation.”
Intertek traces its origins to several testing companies formed in the late 19th century, including a lamp testing center established by Thomas Edison in New York City. These companies and others all came together in the 1980s and 1990’s as part of Inchcape Testing Services, which was subsequently acquired and renamed Intertek. The company has continued to expand as a world-leader in quality and safety solutions.
Intertek and its new Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology represent a powerful resource in New York serving regional and global customers who are developing more efficient energy storage technologies and more reliable and efficient products.