It has become the first Spanish laboratory to attain accreditation as a Testing Body according to ENplus® wood pellet certification
On 10th February, 2015, the ENAC Accreditation Commission (National Accreditation Body) agreed to award ENAC Accreditation to the Analysis and Testing Laboratory of FUNDACIÓN CARTIF for wood pellet testing, which makes it a competent Testing Body for carrying out all the tests included in the ENplus® certification system for wood pellets for heating use, and the first Spanish lab to do so.
In compliance with the criteria laid down in the UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 and UNE-EN 14961-2 Norms for wood pellet testing, the FUNDACIÓN CARTIF Analysis and Testing Laboratory has become the first Spanish lab to obtain this accreditation and thus joins other European bodies that are accredited to analyse and characterise wood pellets as fuel according to the technological specifications given in the ENplus® certification system.
The scope of this accreditation in the biofuels field responds to the clearly identified need for players who can intervene in the production and logistics chain for wood pellets, such as the need to guarantee supply of a fully defined and sustainable, quality energy product and so contribute to the development of the Spanish wood pellets market in general terms and to growth in the use of biomass for energy. The ENplus® wood pellet certification system was conceived to ensure product conformity in different aspects: requirements for the quality of the pellets themselves, compliance with European standards (EN 14961), technical requirements for installations, and quality management requirements. In this way, wood pellet manufacturers will have guaranteed quality for their product and the end user will have a maximum efficiency product in their boilers.
This accreditation joins the others that CARTIF currently holds for carrying out test in Environmental fields (Atmospheric Emissions, for compliance with the Regulations on protection of the Atmospheric Environment and residual and inland waters as a Collaborating Body for the Hydraulic Administration, file No. 335/LE656), and in compound materials, paints, varnishes, resins and non-metallic materials (file No. 335/LE1276. The latter tests require accreditation from the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) and Airbus.