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 publication2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509056057
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2018
Event44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017 - Washington, United States
Duration: 25 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

Other

Other44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period25/6/1730/6/17

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Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

Cite this

Hatton, P. C., Bathaniah, M., Wang, Z., & Balog, R. (2018). Arc generator for photovoltaic arc fault detector testing. In 2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017 (pp. 1-6). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2017.8366371