Brief: On October 21, 2019, the National Institute of Technology and Standards of Korea issued Announcement No. 306 to update the Management of Electrical Appliance and Household Goods Safety Act, and officially included the lithium battery and lithium battery system for energy storage systems (ESS) into the scope of KC mandatory certification.
Regarding ESS batteries, there are two main parts in this regulatory update:
Adding energy storage lithium batteries and battery system in the KC compulsory certification scope, in which the ESS lithium battery (cell) is subject to the more stringent safety certification scope (the certification process requires factory audit), and ESS lithium battery system is subject to safety conformation (the certification process does not require factory audit).
Expanding the rated capacity range of the energy storage battery power converter (PCS), from the original control PCS with rated capacity below 100kW to the rated capacity below 2 MW.
There are two nodes of the enforcement date:
The mandatory KC certification for ESS lithium battery and battery system will take effect on this regulatory update date (October 21, 2019).
Mandatory KC certification for power converters (PCS) rated above 100kw will take effect in December 2021
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