Solar advice: The UN 38.3 certificate is a must

4/19/19, 5:00 PM -

The tests according to UN 38.3 are available for the cells, battery modules and entire battery systems. The certificate for the cell manufacturer is only valid for transporting the cells, but not for the batteries assembled from them.

Storage systems waiting for shipping.

It is important to pay very close attention to that, because batteries have to pass their own tests. The installing company should at least demand for the self-certification, but even better the inspection certificate of the battery supplier, and for the battery modules as well as the battery as a whole.

Each storage system is subject to the UN 38.3

Each series-produced lithium storage unit is subject to UN 38.3. A series product no longer falls under special provision 310 of the ADR for prototypes and small series during the transport to the test facility.

The ADR is the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road. For Germany, moreover, the Dangerous Goods Ordinance Road, Rail and Waterways (GGVSEB) applies. The ADR requires that lithium batteries are generally classified as dangerous goods of class 9. To be designated as certified type, series products have to have passed the UN 38.3 tests.

Labeling is mandatory

It is mandatory to label the batteries as hazardous, comply with packaging regulations of the ADR and inform the logisticians accordingly, including on weight and the UN number of this type of battery and its condition, new, used or defective. (HS)

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