Arc generator for photovoltaic arc fault detector testing

Phillip C. Hatton, Mohammed Bathaniah, Zhan Wang, Robert Balog

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Abstract

Arcing in photovoltaic (PV) power systems is a significant concern due to the potential for property damage from a PV system fire and personal safety from electrical shock hazard or electrocution if an arc is undetected and left unmitigated. Arc fault detectors are now required by the National Electric Code and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standard 1699B is currently under development to address testing and listing requirements for these devices. One significant challenge that arose in UL1699B draft standard development process was the way in which an arc was created to test the arc fault detector, i.e. how is an arc generated that faithfully replicates real-world conditions yet can be done with high repeatability in the laboratory? While UL standards, test protocols, and test beds exist for AC-system arc fault detectors, arcs in DC systems, particularly PV, are different. This paper reports on the results of a project to develop a DC arc generator (AG) suitable for use in the development and testing of DC arc fault detectors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1702-1707
Number of pages6
Volume2016-November
ISBN (Electronic)9781509027248
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016 - Portland, United States
Duration: 5 Jun 201610 Jun 2016

Other

Other43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period5/6/1610/6/16

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Keywords

  • Arcing
  • DC arc fault detectors
  • DC arc generator
  • high repeatability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Cite this

Hatton, P. C., Bathaniah, M., Wang, Z., & Balog, R. (2016). Arc generator for photovoltaic arc fault detector testing. In 2016 IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016 (Vol. 2016-November, pp. 1702-1707). [7749914] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2016.7749914