Solar-Fabrik identifies fire-risk modules

Troubled German module manufacturer Solar-Fabrik has released the serial numbers of its solar modules affected by faulty junction boxes which may cause fires.

The affected products are Premium L, M, XM and S modules with only one cable and an LC-4 connector that were manufactured by the Freiburg company between April 2011 and October 2012.

As shipment dates may mean deliveries occurred later than the manufacturing period affected, anyone with the modules in question should visit this web page and check the whether their module is affected by checking its serial number.

Affected modules should be disconnected immediately and only reconnected if there is no danger of ‘collateral damage’ occurring if the affected junction box generates too much heat and catches fire. If such a risk exists, modules should not be reconnected until the affected junction boxes have been replaced.

No details of the scale of product recall or anticipated client claims has been revealed by the troubled German manufacturer which applied for self-administrated insolvency proceedings in February after poor sales last year.

With the manufacturer stating "major damages haven’t occurred so far," it is unclear how the problem was spotted or why it has taken two-and-a-half years to locate the defect.