Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems have, over the last 50 years, evolved into a mature,
sustainable and adaptive technology.
The installations and demand for PV systems increase the need for effective electrical protection. PV systems, as with all electrical power systems, must have appropriate overcurrent and overvoltage protection.
Eaton has worked closely with solar system manufacturers and through coordinated research and development, has produced revolutionary new fuse links which, combined with its combiner box, offer complete protection for PV systems.
With the rising energy costs of fossil fuels and their impact on the environment, the focus on renewable energy has gained strength, which has led to an increase in the size of Photovoltaic (PV) installations from 1.4 GW in 2000 to 137 GW in 2013. This rapid growth in PV installations has challenged system designers, manufacturers and standards organizations due to the special demands associated with PV installation in terms of current, voltage, and ambient temperature.
These requirements have also been considered in the development of international protection standards for PV installations, which Eaton, the leading name in electrical protection, has used to develop PV specific protection devices.