Task 43 Highlights 2014
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Performance test procedures and characterization equations were originally developed for typical solar collector types under well-defined standard test conditions. In addition, short-term tests were developed to predict the long-term durability of standard collectors and systems. Presently, national and international test laboratories in many IEA participant countries use these test procedures and characterization equations in order to determine a solar thermal product's performance and compliance with required safety and reliability standards. While there is a solid common foundation for most test procedures, certification bodies for Europe, North America, Australia, China and Europe and the laboratories that they work with have diverged in how tests are implemented in some areas, and the introduction of new products have introduced new challenges that are not always addressed in the same way.