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Driving Safe and Cost-Effective Solar Architecture Through Circuit Protection

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Solar-specific fuses have been developed to operate reliably in varying weather conditions and different times of day, both of which cause fluctuating levels of panel power generation and inconsistent levels of electrical current. They are also designed to cover a wider array of temperature fluctuations. In this pv magazine Webinar, we will learn about the role solar fuses play in projects, as well as how solar fuses are unique compared to general-purpose fuses and how to properly size solar fuses to increase efficiency.

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Driving Safe and Cost-Effective Solar Architecture Through Circuit Protection

When developing solar projects of any size, safe, reliable operation is always a hallmark consideration, however fuses are commonly overlooked as one of a project’s critical points for providing safe and reliable power delivery.

While many installations have historically utilized general use fuses, solar projects are faced with circumstances outside of normal fuses’ intended operation, necessitating the use of fuses developed specifically for these applications.

Solar-specific fuses have been developed to operate reliably in varying weather conditions and different times of day, both of which cause fluctuating levels of panel power generation and inconsistent levels of electrical current. They are also designed to cover a wider array of temperature fluctuations.

In this pv magazine Webinar, we will learn about the role solar fuses play in projects, as well as how solar fuses are unique compared to general-purpose fuses and how to properly size solar fuses to increase efficiency.

Presenter Immanuel Umenei, Global Segment Manager, Renewable Energy, Littelfuse, Inc., will dive into his first-hand experience on how the implementation of the technology leads to safer and more reliable project operations keeping energy delivery high and fulfilling contract requirements. Supporting these claims will be examinations into real-world fuse failures, their causes and how future failure events can be avoided.

Immanuel will also provide comparison between solar fuses and traditional fuses, highlighting the usage requirements that led to the innovations solar fuses bring to the table. He will also discuss current safety standard requirements, how these requirements affect usage, and provide perspective on the ever-evolving atmosphere of safety standards.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • A look at the global solar market and emerging trends in development
  • The role solar fuses play in projects
  • Understanding of how solar fuses are unique compared to general-purpose fuses
  • How to properly size solar fuses to increase efficiency
  • Insight into standards requirements and how to design a project safety
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Tim Sylvia from pv magazine USA will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.

Speakers

Immanuel Umenei | Global Segment Manager, Renewable Energy, Littelfuse, Inc.

Immanuel Umenei is the global segment manager for renewable energy at Littelfuse. He has over a decade of applications engineering and business development experience in specifying overcurrent circuit protection components for different LV electrical systems including renewable energy technologies such as solar/photovoltaic and battery energy storage. Immanuel has a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Moderators

Tim Sylvia | Editor, pv magazine USA

Tim Sylvia is an associate editor at pv magazine USA. A graduate of Hood College, Tim has been with pv magazine since May 2018. Tim covers project development, legal issues and renewable energy legislation, as well as contributing to the daily Morning Brief.