PERIODIC INSPECTIONS - Biogas facilities
§ 15 Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health (ex protection)
Systems requiring monitoring, such as biogas plants, must be tested for compliance with the security standards according to § 15 of the Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health prior to initial commissioning or following a major modification. The recurring inspection (§ 15 of the Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health) must be carried out every three years. TÜV NORD, as your reliable safety partner, offers you the following inspections:
Water right tests
To guarantee the comprehensive safety of systems and the environment, biogas systems must be designed and operated so that no water-harming substances can escape. TÜV NORD guarantees the highest safety standards and inspects in accordance with the directive on systems for handling water-harming substances (VAwS), including the site, substrate containers, pipelines, lubricant, old oil and silage storage systems.
Our range of VAwS testing services covers:
§29 a of the safety inspections ordinance
Biogas plants that have or exceed a specific storage capacity and / or in which the motors employed have or exceed a specific rating require licensing.
According to the Federal Immission Control Act (§29a), an operator of a plant requiring a license can be required by the authorities to have specific safety-related inspections on plants and examinations of the safety-related documentation conducted by a disclosed expert.
We provide you with comprehensive support: from the first consultation concerning plant planning to inspections prior to the initial commissioning of plants through to the recurring inspections.
We assume the comprehensive inspection for the following areas:
Individual emission measurements
Operators of biogas plants must have the concentration of individual materials or materials in plant emissions determined. This is regulated by conditions that appear in the licensing notice or it is required by public authorities. Individual measurements also serve as proof of compliance with prescribed limit values for guaranteeing the respective bonuses stipulated in the renewable energies law.
We are able to guarantee that these measurements are carried out smoothly and give you a meaningful result.
You must continuously offer high quality in order to survive the competition over the long-term. For us, quality assurance is not simply a buzzword, but a central instrument in making our customers successful.
The advantage of the external quality assessment conducted by TÜV NORD is that operators can realistically assess their current standard of quality and can appropriately demonstrate it both internally and externally.
We offer a broad service portfolio for biogas plants:
Acquiring timely approval for the construction, operation or expansion of a large plant without using professional assistance can cost a lot of time and money.
Our experts give you approval management assistance and provide you with reliable support to ensure you receive your approval.
We possess many years of know-how in all the requirements and statutory provisions concerning plant construction.
Our experts undergo frequent training in order to help you remain right up to date.
ENVIRONMENTAL COMPATIBILITY TESTS - In line with natural laws
Given our long-standing and extensive experience in the assessment of installations and in licensing management useful synergy effects are available during the conduct of the environmental impact study (EIS) or the environmental impact assessment (EIA). We offer all the necessary services on a one-stop basis even for complex projects.
NOISE PROTECTION - Noise estimates
On the basis of our many years of experience and measurement equipment, we can help you satisfy the legal requirements and implement your special needs. The respective measures are optimised and assessed while taking economic factors into consideration.
SAFETY AND INCIDENT CONCEPTS - Well prepared with sound safety
In order to allow system operators to effectively minimise their technical risks and to ensure that they are ideally equipped for emergencies, we develop safety concepts for the sites, equipment, framework conditions of the authorisation law, technical regulations, and disaster prevention.
ODOUR ESTIMATES - The right insight
For a forecast, odour emissions are projected from odour-relevant system data or agricultural companies (operating times, source levels, number of animals, quantity of exhaust air, etc.) published values and odour-specific data from a variety of measurements of odour emissions taken by our experts. Together with site-specific meteorological data, we conduct a propagation calculation to calculate the odour emissions in the system's environment. These odour emissions tell us how often a system is smelled in neighbouring residential homes. This frequency forms the basis of the assessment as to whether the odours could present a significant nuisance level.
Fossil fuels such as oil, oal, and natural gas are becoming scarcer; there is a growing need to transform biomass into a comparable source of energy. Here, TÜV NORD is an independent partner with experience and expert knowledge: We support you in your biomass projects and investments – from planning, installation, and commissioning, to operation.
We have developed specific expertise in appraising and assessing biogas and biomass plants, based on longstanding experience in providing support for power generation plants – thus optimising cost-effectiveness, safety, and availability.
We know what permits and inspections are needed for the construction and operation of a biomass plant, and know all the possibilities of state support and remuneration. We can help you to fulfill legal requirements regarding environmentally dangerous, toxic, explosive or inflammable intermediate and end products. In addition, we answer the question whether the predicted yield and profitability in subsequent years can be expected, and where money can be saved.
The technology of biogas and biomass plants has matured and has been tested – to operate safely and profitably, the experts at TÜV NORD stand competently at your side.
If the power of the sun is used to generate energy, safety has to come first: numerous standards outline what requirements photo-voltaic products have to fulfil. The "TÜV NORD type-tested" symbol ensures safety and guarantees compliance with the the respective product standard and the rules of good technological practice.Full service for manufacturers, importers and comprehensive suppliers
TÜV NORD CERT offers design approval and certification of photovoltaic modules and power converters forming part of photovoltaic energy systems according to EN 61730-1, EN 61730-2, EN 61215 and prEN 62109-1 for relevant manufacturers, importers and suppliers of complete systems. The service comprises the execution of type approval testing, the initial inspection of the production site, the issue of the test symbol and manufacturing monitoring control measures.Strong arguments in favour of marketing
The TÜV NORD CERT test symbol is renowned and recognised as a sign of quality and safety in Europe and many other countries throughout the world. The symbol indicates that the statements of the manufacturer and the product requirements have been tested by a neutral expert. Hence, the symbol supports the credibility of product information; therefore, it provide a competitive edge over non-certified products. For manufacturers, certification also makes an effective contribution towards reducing the product liability risk.
Grid code compliance relates to the assessment of renewable energy generation units which are to be connected to the distribution network. On the primary side, these units may generate power from wind, photovoltaics, water, natural gas or biogas. Power storage units are also subject to grid code compliance.
The requirements were defined based on the following safety objectives:
TÜV NORD CERT was accredited as early as 2009 for auditing according to the network connection directives, for example the Medium Voltage Directive, and also already offers network connection certification according to ISO/IEC 17065 (formerly DIN EN 45011). Our staff have comprehensive experience based on numerous completed projects in the areas of generation unit certificates, component certificates and plant certificates. In addition, for many years our engineers have been members of various associations working in the field of network connection, such as BDEW, FGW and VDE|FNN, VDE|DKE. They are also personally accredited by BDEW and FGW.
Using wind to generate energy has been a technique used since ancient times. It ranged from simple wind wheels, wind mills throughout to sailing ships. The technology currently used focuses primarily on wind power systems with three-blade rotors in onshore and offshore facilities. With comprehensive services from a single source, TÜV NORD is dedicated nationally and internationally to this future-oriented and environmentally-friendly form of energy generation.Numerous tasks – one contact partner
The TÜV NORD services also include the certification and inspection of wind power systems in the areas of planning, manufacture and operation. These include:
Connected with the base
Any technology is only as good as its scientific basis. This applies both to the research for new discoveries and to realistic testing of the products that result. TÜV NORD engineers are actively improving the development of wind turbines in collaboration with research institutes and recognised testing institutions.
An expression of these activities can be found in our cooperation with scientific research institutes as well as internationally renowned companies in the field of materials testing.
With sense and sensibility
A sound examination of wind energy systems during manufacture, assembly and operation makes a decisive contribution towards the functional safety when operating systems. Here, the systematic and prudent interweaving of all technical and commercial measures plays a decisive role. The TÜV NORD engineers and technicians focus on this responsible task with a broad and equally deep range of services. For manufacturers and operators, the result means that they have a competent, reliable contact partner for a wide ranges of services.
Wait and see
Just as demanding as the requirements for the production of wind turbines are the analyses and tests carried out on their planned future location and their economic efficiency. These do not solely consider factors associated with the wind flow conditions at the site. Many other site conditions will affect the safety, environmental compatibility, and economic viability of a wind power project. Regardless of whether it is a single turbine or a wind farm.
Certificate for a solid position
Modern wind power systems are technically complex major projects which are in part subjected to tremendous structural loads. There are numerous legal and technical planning and manufacturing guidelines and processes.
The experienced TÜV NORD specialists and the modern technical equipment cover the entire spectrum of services for certifying new wind power system types and hence securing successful market entry for complete systems or individual components.
Manufacturers of electrical products for industry who want to win over customers have to focus increasingly on energy efficiency. A particularly important aspect is the electrical efficiency factor, which relates to energy consumption during operation. With “Efficiency tested” certification, TÜV NORD CERT offers manufacturers of electrical machinery, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) equipment and other industrial items the opportunity to demonstrate the good ecological design of their products.
All equipment that is driven electrically or converts electrical energy is eligible for the certification process. Measurements are based on Directive 2009/125/EC regarding ecodesign of energy-related products and further standards such as the new IEC 60034-30 for electric motors. Independent testing by TÜV NORD CERT and the associated test mark offer prospective purchasers a reliable means of comparison and show at first glance that energy-saving aspects were considered in the design of the equipment. This not only makes a contribution to environmental and climate protection, but also helps to reduce operating costs.