Lisa Salley heads UL Energy & Power Technologies – as well as serving the community

Lisa Salley is the VP & GM of the Energy & Power Technologies Division at UL and plays an important role within the UL Commercial and Industrial Executive Leadership Team. One of her main endeavors at UL has been the creation of the Renewable Energy Council to gather input from all facets of the renewable energy industry. Under her leadership, UL has also opened an advanced wind testing facility in Canyon, Texas, as well as the HazLoc/Battery lab in Taiwan.

Lisa began her career at Dupont as a nuclear engineer before joining GE. She spent over 16 years at GE, including a number of senior leadership roles within GE Capital, GE Plastics, and GE Industrial Systems. Following GE, she joined Rohm and Haas as the Chief Strategy Officer of the legacy plastic additives business.

Her most recent venture was founding a company that helped privately held businesses and advanced stage start-ups accelerate their growth and financial performance. In this practice, she held a diversity of roles ranging from COO to senior roles leading integration and transformations.

Lisa is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she received her BS in Metallurgical Engineering and her MS in Engineering & Management.

Lisa is also an overactive auntie, an avid genealogist, and a national advocate for dementia. In the spirit of community giveback, Lisa is a Module 2 instructor for the Goldman Sachs/Babson 10,000 Small Business Program where she was the 2013 Module 2 faculty person of the year. Lastly, Lisa’s current hobby is “seeking a hobby” and she is open for suggestions.

Elizabeth Kucharz, Marketing Specialist, UL Energy & Power Technologies

For further information, please contact Elizabeth Kucharz


UL supports PV system compliance with fire classification ratings – webinar offers details

UL certification of PV panels and equipment to UL 1703 helps ensure products meet the latest requirements of constantly changing building and residential codes.

A new test methodology, for instance, to determine fire classification ratings for PV systems was incorporated into UL 1703 in October 2013, and is also reflected in the 2015 IBC (International Building Code). The new fire classification procedure mandates several tests be performed to derive a rating for the whole PV system, including “Spread of Flame” and “Burning Brand” tests. The resulting Class A, Class B, or Class C rating indicates a PV system’s resistance to external fire exposure.

Although the new requirement becomes effective in many places in 2016, California will begin requiring the ratings early – from 1 January 2015. Products not tested and rated by that date will not be eligible for use in California.

UL provides a recorded webinar in order to update stakeholders on the implications of the new fire classification ratings and support the introduction of the fire system solution to the market.

John Taecker, Senior Regulatory Engineer, UL Energy & Power Technologies

Learn more about the webinar here

For more information on UL’s services related to regulatory and code issues for PV systems, please contact John Taecker.

Read John Taecker’s full article on achieving code compliant PV installations in The Code Authority


UL joins SunSpec Alliance to certify inverter interoperability

As renewable energy production grows, so does the degree of distributed energy entering the grid. But regional grids where distributed energy has high penetration (e.g. Germany, Italy, Japan, California) have shown signs of vulnerability due to a lack of two-way communications.

In order to help promote safe, large-scale interconnection with the grid, UL recently joined SunSpec Alliance, an international trade coalition dedicated to developing tools and standards for testing inverter control interfaces. By enabling plug-and-play interoperability of distributed energy power components and systems with diverse utility grids and microgrids, the goal is to support the mass-production of off-the-shelf inverters that are compatible with any system, and which meet the requirements of the new California Rule 21 interconnection guidelines currently in development.

Expanding on SunSpec’s previous work in creating a harmonized inverter control standard, the current two-year project – the Standard Communication Interface and Certification Test Program – aims to develop a corresponding test platform and certification program based on IEC 61850, the SunSpec inverter protocol, and the CEA-2045 modular interface.

Sandia National Laboratories is leading the development of inverter test procedures, supported by communication software produced by the SunSpec Alliance. Based on this research, UL is working to update certification requirements in UL 1741 and also update its test facilities.

UL currently certifies power inverters to the requirements of UL 1741 and all other key standards, including IEC 62109 and local grid codes such as IEEE 1547, at numerous ISO 17025-accredited test facilities in Asia, Europe and North America.

Jason D. Hopkins, Business Development Manager, UL Energy & Power Technologies

For further information on inverters or how UL can assist you with distributed energy, please contact Jason D. Hopkins


UL introduces industry-first smart meter conformity assessment services for product safety

With growing demand for energy efficiency from industry and consumers alike, UL is continually developing new services that assist in the safe adoption of innovative energy technologies. A good example is smart meters, which both utilities and consumers use to optimize the efficiency, reliability and cost effectiveness of energy produced and used.

In stride with this trend, UL has recently unveiled two smart meter conformity assessment services: product safety certification for manufacturers and product safety testing for users. These services build on last year’s publication of UL 2735, the Standard for Safety for Electric Utility Meters, which covers electric shock, fire and emissions safety requirements for all electric utility meters, including smart meters.

With the safety standard, certification and testing programs now all in place, “UL is uniquely poised to immediately help smart meter manufacturers and users address the product safety concerns of both regulators and consumers,” notes Lisa Salley, VP General Manager, UL Energy & Power Technologies.

Industry leaders GE and ComEd are already taking advantage of these services. GE is now producing the world’s first UL certified smart meters which meet the rigorous requirements of UL 2735. Meanwhile, the meters are being ambitiously installed throughout the Chicago area by the first utility to require UL certification, ComEd (An Exelon Company).

UL is also an accredited Notified Body for the EU Measurement Instrument Directive (MID), a member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, and a participant in the unique Pecan Street Demonstration research project.

Bill Colavecchio, Business Development Manager, UL Energy & Power Technologies

Refer to UL.com for a complete online directory of safety-certified smart meters. For further information about UL’s smart meter services, please contact Bill Colavecchio


Asian opening of 153rd UL testing & certification center

World markets for batteries and explosion-proof devices have developed rapidly in recent years. This March, UL opened a new testing center to meet expanding industry needs – a 1,300-square-meter facility in Taiwan, specializing in large storage batteries, as well as in mechanical and electrical equipment for hazardous workplace areas (HAZLOC).

The new lab is the only one of its kind in Taiwan that can provide complete testing and certification of large batteries and explosion-proof products to international standards, e.g. perform a 100-volt battery test, or precisely measure toxic/flammable gases from lithium batteries during a test.

The large battery services include testing and certification to the codes and standards currently required in Europe, the U.S., Japan and Taiwan, including UL, IEC, SAB-S 1101, and CNS. Testable products range from storage battery cells and modules used by electrical vehicles (EV) to components for smart grids, petrochemical systems and data centers, but also semiconductors, automated control systems, light-emitting diode (LED) devices and other energy storage devices.

The Hazardous Locations lab offers state-of-the-art testing for all major explosion protection techniques, including intrinsic safety, flameproof enclosures, increased safety, and dust ignition protection.  Testing in our Taiwan facility can facilitate IECEx, ATEX, UL, CNEx, and Inmetro Certifications, as well as other national certifications, helping customers achieve market acceptance around the world.

Kenneth Lin, UL Global Commercial Lead, Large Format Batteries

For further information on how UL can improve global access and speed time-to-market for your large battery products, please contact Kenneth Lin

For HAZLOC products, please contact Michael Slowinske

UL Enhanced Mark

UL has begun introducing an enhanced version of its iconic UL Certification Mark, as well as a UL Certification Badge, to help manufacturers, regulators and retailers move more quickly and effectively in today’s 24/7 global marketplace. The enhanced UL Certification Mark enables companies to bundle multiple certifications for multiple geographies into a single mark. The Mark also includes a unique identifier providing access to more information about a product's Certification. Learn more about the UL Enhanced Mark at the Marks Hub.

UL Knowledge Solutions

In a world of emerging risks, knowledge is a competitive advantage that delivers tangible results: protecting lives and driving business success. UL Knowledge Solutions provide the world’s most progressive and safety-conscious companies with the expertise and tools they need to thrive. Energy industry professionals are encouraged to visit us at http://www.ulknowledgeservices.com for in-depth information on training, personnel/professional certifications, or to request a quote for an advisory service. For further assistance, please contact Tony Robertson.


Visit UL at the following events

JULY 30, 6:00-7:00 PM CEST
Functional Safety for Battery Management Systems
Battery management systems (BMS’s) can play a crucial role in the safety of advanced battery technologies. Much as a BMS relies on hardware, software, and their interoperability as a system, safety evaluation must consider hardware, software and system. Join UL experts as we overview UL 991 (for hardware) and UL 1998 (and software), and explain their application to BMS. Intended to be a valuable webinar for battery manufacturers, system integrators and BMS developers alike, participants will gain new information and insights into the requirements, the standards involved, the FMEA process, and the rationale behind them.

Read more and register here

Understanding UL 1703’s new fire classification ratings for PV systems
California will require new fire classification ratings for all installed PV systems from 1 January 2015. Join this webinar for an update on what the code requirements are, as well as how products are sampled and tested to comply with the new UL 1703 requirements to establish the fire classification. The webinar was led by Kevin Reinertson (Division Chief, Office of the State Fire Marshal of California), Ken Boyce (UL PDE Manager, Energy & Power Technologies) and John Smirnow (VP at SEIA).

Watch the video here or contact Ken Boyce for further information

Mid of August – Zhang Bei, North of China
UL China PV Plant Customer Summit

For more information please contact Johnson Zhang

August 14-15 – Beijing, China
Solarbe 2014 – China PV Plant Forum

For more information please contact Johnson Zhang

August 26-28 – Shanghai New International Expo Center
6th China (Shanghai) International Petrochemical Technology and Equipment Exhibition

September 16-17 – San Francisco, CA, U.S.

September 16-18 – Novi, MI, U.S.
The Battery Show and Charging Infrastructure Expo
Booth: B1623

September 23-28 – Hamburg, Germany
Wind Energy 2014 Hamburg

October 20-23 – Las Vegas, NV, U.S.
Solar Power International