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  • Writer's pictureJaime Ventura Energy Consultant

TRANSIENTS ARE EVERYWHERE

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

POWER QUALITY AND SOLAR INTEGRATION


Transients are everywhere

In today's modern world, electricity has become a critical part of our daily lives, let alone its effects on electronic devices and machinery. However, power quality issues such as voltage variations and transients are still prevalent and can damage sensitive equipment, leading to financial loss and even potential safety risks.


The way to protect against the fact that transients are everywhere is to use AC and DC surge suppressors, also known as SPDs or Surge Protective Devices, which are designed to limit the voltage applied to the load during a transient event, helping to prevent damage and ensuring maximum power quality for critical loads.


Many people are unaware that these types of power disturbances are much more common than blackouts or slow voltage variations, which are external sources, and they also assume that their equipment is already protected by the use of UPSs or Voltage Regulators. Of course, this is not always the case as transients can occur thousands of times a day and are also caused by external factors such as lightning strikes, abrupt power outages, poor DC coupling design, and other environmental and design factors. Therefore, even in solar applications, these events are very common. To protect against them, the use of SPDs has become increasingly important.


According to a survey conducted by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), only 30% of US homes have surge protection, and even fewer businesses have comprehensive surge protection systems.


Meanwhile, in solar applications, SPDs are often overlooked as well. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducted a study that found that surge-related issues were responsible for up to 80% of inverter failures and solar panel fires. However, SPDs are not usually included in standard solar installation packages.


To overcome these barriers, through the use of our Integration Coefficient IC model, an important goal is to educate customers about the benefits of SPDs and the risks of not using them. Furthermore, our IC model can also help customers get the best prices by leveraging supply chain intelligence by sourcing high-quality surge protection components from reputable suppliers. Additionally, by working with them and utilizing a unified warranty, our IC model can ensure customers receive reliable surge protection solutions that meet their specific needs, integrated into our solar, power quality, and telecom rectifier-converter solutions and, at the same time, ensuring maximum customer satisfaction.


Please do not hesitate to Contact Us for more information about our Power Quality Solutions.



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