The history of the Solar Keymark
Many companies started exporting their products into other European markets but found hurdles in the form of different requirements in the incentive programmes, that became an obstacle to market entry.
As a result, if a company wanted to sell one collector to different countries in Europe, it had to undergo several different tests and gain additional certificates and approvals.
This process was extremely complicated, expensive and cumbersome and hindered the development of solar thermal in Europe and the growth of solar thermal manufacturers.
In 2003 the European Solar Thermal Industry and major testing institutes formulated the Solar Keymark Scheme rules as a uniﬁed and simple solution in order to get solar thermal products recognised all over Europe.
This work was done on the framework of an EU co-financed project running from 2000 until 2003: Solar Keymark I (ALTENER - Solar Keymark - AL/2000/144).
This work was followed up by Solar Keymark II(EU-IEE (Solar Keymark II - EIE/05/052/SI2.420194).
After these two project the Solar Keymark was the most successful Keymark scheme and more than two thirds of the collectors sold had Solar Keymark. Testing, inspection and certiﬁcation were now organized into a single streamlined process and was recognised by authorities all over Europe.
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PRESS RELEASE - Solar Certification Fund: 8th call launched Fosters quality assurance for tomorrow’s Solar Thermal technology!
Brussels, 18 November 2016 – The Solar Certification Fund (SCF) launched its 8th call for proposals to continue to provide regular and reliable support for (1) developing better and new Solar Thermal certification and standardisation processes, (2) ensuring quality assurance for tomorrow's solar thermal technology.Read more...
The 21st Solar Keymark Network (SKN) meeting took place in the island of Crete, Greece. Among the many points addressed in this meeting, several were related to the outputs of the work linked to the action plan previously approved.Read more...
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The 18th Solar Keymark Network (SKN) meeting will be held on 10 and 11 March 2015 in Rome.Read more...
2 October 2014 – The International Code Council (ICC) and the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (SRCC) have agreed in principle to join forces.Read more...