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Title: Field Guide for Testing Existing Photovoltaic Systems for Ground Faults and Installing Equipment to Mitigate Fire Hazards: November 2012 - October 2013

Ground faults and arc faults are the two most common reasons for fires in photovoltaic (PV) arrays and methods exist that can mitigate the hazards. This report provides field procedures for testing PV arrays for ground faults, and for implementing high resolution ground fault and arc fault detectors in existing and new PV system designs.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Brooks Engineering, Vacaville, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1170349
Report Number(s):
NREL/SR--5D00-61018
LGN-3-23371-01
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: NREL Task Leader: Michael Coddington; Work performed by Brooks Engineering, Vacaville, California
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION ARC FAULT; BLIND SPOT; GROUND FAULT; NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE; NEC; PV ARRAY; PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM; RESIDUAL CURRENT MONITOR; TEST PROCEDURES; Solar Energy - Photovoltaics; ; FIRE HAZARDS; TESTING