SWHs Certification and Standardization Workshop Tunisia 17-18th November 2009 I. PreambleDuring the regional workshop on Solar Thermal Applications that organized by RCREEEon March 2009 in Cairo. SWHs development and promoting have been discusseddeeply. The results concentrated on the urgent need to support the market developmentof SWHs with efficient tools. RCREEE planned to launch a program for SWHscertification and standardization, such as the European program “solar keymark”.A workshop had been organized on November 2009 in Tunisia to discuss the availablemethodologies to proceed in such a program on regional basesThe two days workshop on SWHs certification and standardization Workshop was aregional event gathered representatives from all RCREEE member states to discuss theactual state of SWHs production as well as setting up a strategy for adopting specificStandards and Certification-system that enhances the production and use of SWHs inthe Arab countries.This process primarily aims at two objectives: • Ensuring the quality of equipment used in solar thermal installations • Ensuring the qualification of installersThe workshop succeeded in highlighting a basis among the Arab countries regarding toSWHs certification and standardization. It concluded with a strategically mission how tocreate a common approach among the Arab countries in order to enable the expansionof SWHs market in the countries of the region. On the basis of expanding SWHproduction, the Arab countries could benefit from existing experiences and encourage anintra-trade between the Arab countries in the renewable energy-sector. II. General RemarksThe workshop was well organized and the program well-balanced. The presentationsfrom European experts provided a good background about the needed elements forSWHs standardization and certification program as well as the presentations of theparticipating countries which also provided a good overview about the market driversand the standards adopted in their respective countries as well as prospects andbarriers.The workshop to be held in Tunisia was a good decision. This allowed the participants tolearn about the successful Tunisian experience and gave the impression that a lot couldbe done in the way of enhancing SWHs market in other countries.The discussions were lively and openly addressed the required procedures forsuccessful SWHs certification and standardization regional program, and which futuresteps are required in order to overcome the existed barriers.
The overall impression is that the RCREEE network is functioning well and serves as asolid base for a fruitful cooperation among the countries and involved entities such asLAS, ALECSO and AIDMO.The summary was too optimistic, since it gave the impression that everything is alreadyon the right track. This could not be extracted from the reports and contributions in thesame way. III. Workshop ActivitiesThe first day concludes 3 sessions and a panel discussion. The 2nd day concludes 2sessions, a final panel discussion and a field trip to a SWHs manufacturing utility and alarge scale solar water heating project as follows:Day 1The presentations of this day were appointed to address the meaning of SWHscertification and standardization program and its requirements, besides the national,regional and international experiences in this term through 3 sessions:Session 1:This session concentratied on identifying the basis of such a prgram and included 3presentaions: 1. SWH Certification and Standardization program, Definitions and Requirements Jan Erik Nielsen- Plan Energy, Denmark 2. Testing of solar thermal products as a basis for certification Harald Drueck- ITW Stuttgart University, Germany 3. Arabian Certification and Standardization System Mr. Mostafa Abdul Mone’m, Standardization and Metrology Centre, AIDMO, LASSession 2:Showing the international and the regional experiences was one of the key figures of teworkshop. Session 2 illustrate the European and the Arabian experience in the field ofthe SWHs certification and standardization through the following three presentations ; 1. European Experience, Solar Keymark Jan Erik Nielsen- Plan Energy, Denmark 2. SWHs Certifications & Standardization progress and requirements in MENA Region Dr. Mohamed Kordab, University of Damascus 3. Arabian Experience in the field of Regional promoting for SWHs Dr. Mohamed Maalej, ALECSOSession 3It was really important to learn about the national actions towards SWHs standards aswell as certification procedures. This session included the national papers of Jordan,Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Palestine and YemenPanel Discussion Panelists: - Dr. Kilian Baelz, RCREEE Acting Director - Jan Erik Neilson, Plan Energy, Denmark - Dr. Harald Druek, Stuttgart University, Germany - Mr. Mostafa Abdul Monem, AIDMO Regional Director
- Dr. Mohamad Kordab. Damascus University, Syria Moderator: Eng. Ashraf Kraidy, RCREEEThe discussions focused on the tangible steps to launch SWHs Certification andStandardization program on regional bases, using the already existing tools and takingthe advantage of the European experience.Day 2The successful Tunisian experience in terms of SWHs promotion was the main subjectsof the second day, where the presentations showed in details the used elements andprocedures of the Tunisian program.Session 1PROSOL program is the framework where the Tunisian success story is created. Thethree presentations of this session explained the program implementation proceduresand basis as follow: 1. Introduction for PROSOL Mr. Moncef Njeimi, Director of PROSOL Project, ANME 2. SWH accreditation system (Specification Conditions) Mr. Monji Bida, CEESEN 3. Installation Procedures and Conditions, a case of an accredited private Co Mr. Mr.Taher Ashur, President of Tunisian Syndicate Chamber of RESession 2This session completed the subjects of the previous session about the Tunisianexperience through the following two presentations: 1. Tunisian Standards and Test Procedures for SWH Mr. Rafiq Zayan, Thermal and Energy Laboratory for Building, 2. The Tunisian SWHs certification and Standardisation program Noureddine Ketari - Institut des Énergies RenouvelablesRound DiscussionThis round discussion illustrated on what conclusions and recommendations could beextracted of the workshop. It was Moderatored by Ms. Amel Bida from RCREEEField tripsTwo field trips have been conducted at the end of the workshop as a completion of theactivities, the first one was to SWHs manufacturing utility to closly learn about thestandards and the conditions of the manufacturing procees, the second one was to alarge scale solar water heating project for a hotel in Hammat city.
IV. Conclusions 1- The needed infrastructure for SWHs Certification and Standardization program is already existed. National standards are available as well as the testing facilities in some countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan and Syria. 2- Most of the national standards are adopted from even the European or ISO standards. 3- Certification programs are missing in all countries (Tunisia is preparing her own program) 4- All the participants agreed that SWHs certification and standardization program is an urgent need to promote SWHs markets, and prevent tem against poor quality products. 5- SWHs C&S program will help to support the local manufacturing of SWHs. 6- Installation processes in most countries are not controlled or monitored. 7- Achievements of the European experience shows how this program could succeed regionally. 8- SWHs products exchange in the region is very minor, in the time when the local markets are still seeking for support. 9- The participation of LAS. AIDMO and ALECSO were very important. LAS could use their authorities to support implementing the program within an up down approach through the Ministerial council for electricity affairs.V. Recommendations • Taking the advantages of the European experience to create the Arabian SWHs certification and standardization program and avoid duplications. • While most of the countries are already adopted the European standards as national standards, and the worldwide efforts are concentrating in unifying the EN and ISO standards. It’s recommended to adopt the European standards to be the base of the new SWHs Arabian Standards. And then integrate them to the conditions to each country. • Arabian Standardization and Metrology Center Methodology could be adapted to end out with new Arabian standards. • Although the workshop is regarding the governments as a main actor who can have an influence on the industry, it is important that the industrial sector takes part in this procedure of creating common standards/certificates for SWHs. If we take a close look at the experience in Europe, so we find out that the industry has pushed/escalated the application of SWHs production. • SWHs regional Market should be created with certain bases that encourages high quality and disregards any destructive (scaling down) concurrence • We have to develop common goals of the member countries. On this basis all relevant stakeholders should cooperate to reach the targeted aims. • We decide to work on a top-down procedure and create SWH criteria on a high- policy level. Any achievements to be presented to the Arabian Ministerial Council for Electricity Affairs to be accredited. • Tunisian certification model will be the base of the Arabian one • SWHs regional quality label is an essential target for the program
• Create a network within the Arab countries in order to harmonize regulations and procedures to proceed in the program. LAS and its organization should be involved.• SWHs certification and Standardization program should focus on: ‐ Secure the quality of the products and the installers. ‐ Create financial support. ‐ Increase the involvement of R&D in market promotion ‐ Create a database for SWHs industry ‐ Refresh the scientific and technological exchange with Europe ‐ Taking the advantages of the existed testing facilities ‐ Link between the four main areas of the program: Certificates Standards Testing Industry