Photovoltaic Arc-Fault Detection
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Electric arcs cause fires. The ability to detect an electric arc successfully, reliably, and quickly enables mitigation of arc-induced fires before they start. Within photovoltaic systems, in particular, the detection of an arc poses a significant engineering challenge. To date, arc detecting technologies frequently encounter trouble distinguishing between actual arc-fault scenarios and electrical noise from opening contactors, or power electronics such as the solar inverter or DC/DC optimizer. This paper seeks to investigate the efficacy of a new method for arc-fault detection.
McConnell, Stephen C. (2014). Photovoltaic Arc-Fault Detection. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from