Comtest Laboratories has globally recognised accreditation’s to provide energy efficiency testing on a wide range of electrical and electronic products for performance and power consumption.
With our experience and expertise, we guide our clients to ensure their products are ready for sale on the Australian market by meeting government energy efficiency regulations and standards.
Australian government initiatives we can provide testing for include Energy Rating (E3), Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) and Energy Star rating.
We can also provide support for the registration requirements associated with Energy Rating (E3), Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) processes.
Products we can test for Energy Efficiency & Performance
Computers & Monitors
Computers and monitors manufactured in or imported into Australia and New Zealand are subject to Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) requirements since October 1st, 2013.
We can provide testing to the relevant standards IT consumer electronic devices including desktop computers, integrated PCs, laptops, ultrabooks, tablets, iPads, netbooks, small-scale servers and peripheral devices such as LED and LCD flat-panel monitors.
Computers must comply with the requirements of the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 5813.2, with test requirements set out in AS/NZS 5813.1, and monitors must comply with the requirements of AS/NZS 5815.2 with test requirements set out in AS/NZS 5815.1.
In Australia and New Zealand, suppliers or manufacturers of computers and monitors must register their product models via the Energy Rating website.
Any type of computer covered by the Australian GEMS (Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standard) Determination can be a deemed-to-comply computer.
Computer information systems we test
- Desktop computers
- small-scale servers
- and more
Any computers or monitors which are designed to be connected to 230 V / 240 V mains voltage either by a direct connection, by a permanently connected external power supply, or an external power supply that can be disconnected are included in the scope of these requirements.
Lighting & Lamp Circuit Power
As the availability of electrical energy is becoming limited, governments around the world are implementing energy efficiency and standby power initiatives for electrical products to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
In Australia, these include the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), the Victorian Government’s VEET scheme (Victorian Energy Efficiency Target), and the NSW ESS IPART (Energy Saving Scheme – Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal).
We are accredited to test efficiency and energy performance of a variety of lighting types, including LCP testing.
Lamp Circuit Power (LCP) testing
- GU10 LED Replacements
- MR16 LED Replacements
- 36W / 28W 4’ T5 Replacements
- 58W / 35W 5’ T5 Replacements
- LED Spotlights
- LED Tubes
- LED Flat Panels
- LED High Bay Lamps
- LED Down Lights
- and more
- LCP testing also incorporates Nominal Lamp Power (NLP) testing, where:
LCP = NLP (power consumed by the lamp) + Control Gear/Luminaire Fitting/Final Luminaire Assembly (i.e. all power consumed, not simply the nominal power consumed by the lamp).
We also test Voltage Reduction Units (VRUs), which reduce the amount of electrical energy delivered to a lamp once the lighting is turned on, providing energy savings. As part of the Victorian VEET and NSW ESS (IPART) approval process, details of both the technical and the operational characteristics of the VRUs and lighting equipment must be provided.
To calculate the benefit, the output voltage and other electrical characteristics of each VRU must be specified and appropriate evidence must be provided, such as independent testing performed by a NATA accredited laboratory. We are NATA accredited to perform these measurements.
Power Supplies & Battery Chargers
As well as being accredited to perform electrical safety testing on power supplies, adaptors, plug packs, battery chargers and more, we can provide energy efficiency testing for these products.
Furthermore, once testing is complete, we can assist in obtaining registration for devices and management of ongoing registration requirements.
Testing Standards. AS/NZS 4665 Performance of external power supplies – Energy Performance mark.
Smart Meter In-Home Displays.
Our laboratory offers full VEET testing of smart meter In-Home Displays (IHDs) to the latest Explanatory Note as released by the Essential Services Commission (ESC) of the Victorian Government.
We can test the most common smart meters distributed in Victoria with different certified Network Interface Cards (NICs) fitted, along with a variety of NIC firmware.
Our tests can be performed on most IHDs including ZigBee types, Current Transformer (CT) types, and other non-ZigBee types.
We also offer a preliminary testing service to assist with determining the status of product compliance to the above VEET requirements. In addition, our testing laboratory and various smart meter configurations can be clients to assist with product development for IHDs. These two options are available on an hourly or daily fee basis.
Standby Power Controllers
We can perform VEET testing of Standby Power Controllers (SPCs) to the latest Explanatory Note as released by the Essential Services Commission (ESC) of the Victorian Government.
SPCs save energy around the house by switching off devices when they are not currently in use. Our facilities are capable of testing SPCs designed for various devices, such as computers, TVs, and other home entertainment equipment. We can also test different types of SPCs, such as master/slave-based SPCs, IR-based SPCs and SPCs with additional functionality (timers etc).
In addition, we offer a preliminary testing service to assist with determining the status of product compliance to the above VEET requirements.
We can also provide access to test facilities and various master/slave appliance configurations to assist with product development for SPCs. These two options are available on an hourly or daily fee basis.
TVs & Home Entertainment Equipment
As well as being accredited to perform electrical safety testing on power supplies / adaptors / plug packs / battery chargers etc, Comtest can provide energy efficiency testing for these devices.
Furthermore, once testing is complete, we can assist in obtaining registration for customers’ devices and can manage the ongoing compliance registration requirements.
|AS/NZS 4665||Performance of external power supplies – Energy Performance mark|
|AS/NZS 4879||Performance of transformers and electronic step-down converters for ELV Lamps – Energy Performance mark|
|AS/NZS 5813||Information technology equipment – Energy Performance of computers – Energy Performance mark|
|AS/NZS 5814||Information technology equipment – Energy Performance of internal power supplies|
|AS/NZS 5815||Information technology equipment – Energy Performance of computer monitors – Energy Performance mark|
|AS/NZS 62087.1||Power consumption of audio, video and related equipment – Methods of measurement|
|AS/NZS 62087.2.1||Power consumption of audio, video and related equipment – Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) requirements for digital set-top boxes|
|AS/NZS 62087.2.2||Power consumption of audio, video and related equipment – Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and energy rating label requirements for television sets|
|AS/NZS 62301||Household electrical appliances-Measurement of standby power|
|Energy Star Testing||Computers and monitors|