Energy production and distribution relies heavily on electro-mechanical equipment and processes, all of which are potentially subject to a wide range of European directives including machinery, EMC, ATEX, pressure equipment and others. Specialist PPE and other equipment for maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) may also be required.
Whether your equipment is for offshore/marine applications, for use in mining, drilling, pipelines, surveying or exploration, Conformance can help you find the correct solution for CE marking compliance. Our experience includes generation from wind and solar, fossil fuels, energy recovery from process gas or heat, and fuel from waste.
- Initial consultation to assess your requirements and decide how we can help.
- Identify the directives and standards which apply to your product.
- Conduct a design review to verify compliance with the applicable requirements.
- Provide you with a report outlining areas of non-compliance and advice to help you rectify them.
- Help to compile a technical file which contains the information required by the directives.
- Provide a draft Declaration of Conformity and help you complete it.
- Offer follow up advice when you need it.
Our recent industry experience includes:
- Wind turbines – up to 8MW
- Biomass combined heat and power (CHP)
- Gas turbine generators
- Fuel from waste processing lines
- Engine driven generators 2kW - 12MW
- Drill rigs
- Heat recovery generation
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Industrial Gas systems require CE marking?
Equipment which is used to distribute natural gas at low pressures around an industrial site, and which may be considered as part of the site building services, will not require CE marking.
Equipment which is used to distribute natural and other gases at higher pressures (> 0.5 bar gauge) may be within the scope of the Pressure Equipment Directive, in which case CE marking may be required.
Equipment which uses natural gas or LPG as a fuel will require CE marking, either under the Gas Appliances Directive (for space heating and manual cooking) or Machinery Directive (for process heating or automated food production).
We are refurbishing a gas turbine power station and the work includes complete replacement of the control system. Will the replacement controls become 'logic units to ensure safety functions' and hence require Notified Body approval?
It depends on how the controls are supplied. If the controller is supplied on its own for incorporation into the system then yes, it will be within Annex IV of the Machinery Directive and will require Notified Body approval (self-certification is not possible because there is no harmonised standard). If the scope of supply is the complete refurbishment of the facility then the control system becomes part of the machinery at the point of supply and the provisions for Annex IV machinery do not apply (although in practice the same technical requirements and standards will apply).
You can find the answers to many more CE marking questions in our knowledgebase.
Other relevant products and services we offer
Our shop allows you to purchase a range of useful resources such as self-certification packs, checklists and declaration formats.
You can purchase consultancy from our online shop in blocks of 30 or 60 minutes to provide quick help when you need it.
Our machinery training covers the requirements of the Machinery Directive and how to ensure your machinery complies. We also do more basic 'introduction to CE marking' courses.
We can assist with interpreting the requirements of the directives and standards and applying them to your products. We can also draft instruction manuals, check the content of product labels, data plates, and packaging.
If you are unsure what technical documentation you need to show compliance with the Directives we can provide contents lists and formats for compiling and storing the information.
You will find checklists and formats for risk assessment in our online shop. We have many other checklists and report formats which are not in the shop - please contact us if you are looking for something specific and can't find it.
We will visit your works to inspect and assess your machinery and identify any areas which do not comply with the applicable directives and standards.
We provide guides which identify the applicable directives and standards for your product and all the other information you will need to do your own assessments. Every guide is tailored to your specific requirements and includes detailed information on how to do the assessment, checklists and formats for recording the results and a draft of the Declaration of Conformity you will need to sign when the process is complete.
Analysis of the reliability of controls (e.g. emergency stops and guard interlocks) can be complex and difficult, particularly where there are significant numbers of safety-related control functions. Our machinery experts are experienced in conducting functional analysis of machines and systems and can help you navigate complex standards such as EN ISO 13849 and EN 62061 which apply to machinery.