Power Supply Environmental Standards

At Sunpower UK we help our customers use resources more efficiently by employing a host of power supply environmental standards, including:environmental

  • Higher efficiency designs using advanced technology to ensure a continual reduction in component count
  • More efficient design topology that reduces energy consumption
  • Reduction in failure rate, often even 0%, ensuring reliable trouble free operation
  • Longer lifetime on product through cutting edge design leading to distant obsolescence
  • Closed loop recycling systems for all raw materials
  • Environmental energy saving programs

Above all we continue to invest heavily in power supply environmental standards and environmental research and development as we strive to improve the efficiency of our products and processes in all business areas.

80 Plus Verification

Sunpower signed up to the 80Plus™ program to integrate more energy efficient power supplies into our range of available off the shelf products, custom units can also be designed to this standard upon request.

80plusThe 80 Plus™ performance specification requires power supplies to be 80% energy efficient or greater at 20%, 50% and 100% rated load with a power factor of 0.9 or greater. The test is very demanding, particularly achieving 80% efficiency at only 20% load.

A 80 Plus™ certified power supply not only saves energy costs they also increase the reliability of your system through reduced heat output and therefore decreases maintenance costs, lengthens equipment life and generally improves the comfort of your working environment (reduced heat output calls for minimised need for noisy PC fans, making a quieter office environment).

A selection of our 80Plus certified products can be found below or enter 80Plus in the search area to bring up all of our verified products.

Energy Star

Sunpower signed up to the Energy Star program to integrate more energy efficient power supplies into our range of available off the shelf products.

Energy Star is a voluntary labelling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The requirements differ with each application although the energy star program provides a trustworthy label on over 60 product categories. To qualify for energy star certification, products must pass a variety of tests to prove they are energy efficient, cost saving, high quality and meet specific lifetime criteria.

IP Rating

Ingress Protection Rating (IP Rating) indicates the level of protection to which a product is protected against the intrusion of solid objects or dust, accidental contact and water.

To read more about power supply IP Ratings click here.

The RoHs and REACH Directive

The RoHs and REACH directive aims to restrict certain dangerous substances commonly used in electronic and electronic equipment. This (RoHS) European directive aims to control the use of certain hazardous substances in the production of new electrical and electronic equipment, it is a partner directive to the WEEE directive (Waste in Electrical and Electronic Equipment).

Any RoHs compliant component is tested for the presence of Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent chromium (Hex-Cr), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

Reach is the regulation for registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals. This directive applies to all chemicals not only chemicals used in industrial processes, for example those products used in our day-to-day life.

The RoHS regulations place the following requirements upon producers:

  • Products placed on the market must not contain over the maximum concentration values of hazardous substances
  • Documentation must be available for compliant products before placing them on the market
  • Documentation must be maintained for 4 years after the product is retracted from the market

WEEE Directive

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations (2006 No. 3289) (WEEE) have been put in place to ensure that products are recycled using best available treatment. The WEEE directive uses recovery and recycling techniques to ensure human health and high environmental protection.

Aiming to improve the environmental performances of businesses using electrical and electronic equipment the WEEE directive reduces the amount of untreated equipment going to landfill.

Sunpower UK 3TG Statement

Sunpower UK takes conflict minerals very seriously and we are committed to respect the human rights of everyone, regardless of where they are as well as working to improve the quality of life in the communities that we serve.

Click here to read more about our 3TG statement.

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