Intertek signs partnership agreement with CIEMAT the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness research centre

January 14, 2013

Bilbao, Spain - Intertek, the leading quality and safety solutions provider to industries worldwide, has recently signed an agreement with the Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology, CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas). The agreement is for testing, validation and certification of small wind turbines at a new test site in the municipality of Villar del Río, Soria, Spain.

CIEMAT is an autonomous body under the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and will bring its expertise in small wind turbines measurement testing, evaluation and reporting according to IEC, BWEA and AWEA standards to the project.

Intertek is an accredited certification body for all types of wind turbines and will carry out performance evaluation and safety certifications for those intended for commercial use. Additionally, Intertek will manage the construction of the new test site, which will carry out wind turbines testing, in the municipality of Villar del Río, in the province of Soria.

Ramon Lopez, Intertek Commercial and Electrical Energy Services Project Manager, said: "We are delighted to work with CIEMAT for testing, evaluation and certification of small wind turbines. Both organisations are focused on verifying the reliability, security and performance of this technology, in order to help our clients improve their profitability, meet industry requirements and avoid future problems."

With growing demand for electricity across the world, there is a need to use diverse sources of power generation to meet that demand – whilst at the same time reducing global carbon emissions, reducing reliance on traditional fossil fuels and ensuring sustainability; the energy harnessed by small wind turbine technology makes a significant contribution to this effort. Small wind turbines are machines that convert mechanical energy created by the action of the wind on small blade arrays into electrical energy that can be stored, used at source or distributed through the electrical grid network to other users.

For more information about Intertek Wind Energy services:

Contact:

Ramón López
Project Manager / Senior Project Engineer
Intertek C&E Energy Services
Email: ramon.lopez@intertek.com

Media Contacts:

Iker Albestain
Marketing – Intertek Spain
Email: iker.albestain@intertek.com

About Intertek

Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing to inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to adding value to customers’ products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 33,000 people in over 1,000 laboratories and offices in more than 100 countries.

About CIEMAT

CIEMAT (Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology) is a public research organization under the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Ministry of Research, Development and Innovation focused primarily in the areas of energy, environment and technology. It hosts an intermediate position in the knowledge chain from the creation of basic knowledge to industrial applications, so that its field of activity seeks to bridge between R&D and social interest objectives. For more information, visit: www.ciemat.es