Rooftop Solar's Unspoken Truth: Fires and Safety Risks are Uncomfortably Common

Due to inconsistent installation practices, intense manufacturer competition, and sometimes conflicting motives between Operations and Maintenance (O&M) providers and end-owners, the risk of fires looming on rooftop installations is uncomfortably common.

Making Solar an Even Safer Investment

As more businesses, utilities, and state bodies look to solar energy to help them meet their carbon reduction goals and cut energy costs, safety is coming under ever more scrutiny.

2021 Top Article - How IIoT Thermal Monitoring Solutions Can Increase Asset Lifetime and Prevent Fires on Solar Farms

Learn how remote thermal monitoring enables early detection of high resistance joints and prevents overheating, increasing asset lifetime.

Value of PLC Key Switch Monitoring to Keep Critical Systems More Secure

The key switch has become commonplace for automation engineers and technicians who maintain and support these systems and understand the importance of the little switch in overall device operation and affects the underlying process.

Understanding Wind Turbine Fire Protection

A whopping 90% or more of wind turbine fires originate in the nacelle. The nacelle contains the gear box, the generator, the controller, the low- and high-speed shafts, and the brake-and it (the nacelle) sits atop the tower.

NEC 2023 Changes to Sections 690, 691, 692, 694, 705, 710 and 790

This article summarizes some of the current and new requirements regarding proper labeling for standard solar and wind installations.

What to Know About Fire Safety for Renewable Energy

Whether it's a set of wind turbines or residential solar panels, identifying the risks associated with installation and general operation is crucial for technicians and the companies they work for.

Battery Safety Concerns Can Be Addressed With Proper Design and Manufacturing

More and more homeowners are requesting battery backup solutions as part of their solar power installations. With increased adoption of solar power, concerns about fire hazards are likely to grow. Are these concerns justified?

Reducing Renewable Energy Installation Risks

Renewable energy is rapidly emerging as an attractive choice for businesses and households alike. Any installation project poses potential safety risks. The goal is to minimize them to keep employees well-protected.

Preventing Thermal Runaway Before It Begins

In Li-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems, off-gas detection up to 30 minutes before dangerous thermal runaway events enables action to deter potentially catastrophic cascading failure.

Fire Protection for Stationary Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems

This challenge can be addressed effectively by means of an application-specific fire protection concept for stationary lithium-ion battery energy storage systems, such as the one developed by Siemens through extensive testing.

What is the Safest Energy for the Future?

Energy's deathprint is the number of people killed by one kind of energy or another per kWhr produced. Coal is the worst. According to the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Academy of Science.

Preparing for NEC 2020

The code has been through two revisions and is currently with the correlating committee, where they will review any final edits or changes before publication in August 2019.

Ten Best Practices for Compliance Management

Successful asset managers are able to stay in control by setting the right priorities and by creating a checking system to ensure that nothing falls between the cracks.

Talking with REC Solar about Preventing Solar System Fires

Faulty connections during installation can lead to hot spots, and eventually to fires, faulty equipment either due to defects during the manufacturing process or due to damage or lack of maintenance, general degradation.

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