ARaymond* helping to boost safety of PV installations as new standards are published - English version

Date : 01.21.14 | Theme : Energies

France is leading the way in a tightening of the standards for the design and implementation of photovoltaic (PV) installations that is expected to help them become significantly safer for people, and less dangerous for properties, and ARaymond Network**, a worldwide leader in fastening and assembly solutions, is helping put the new standards into practice through its Rayvolt® grounding solution.

A new version of the UTE C15-712-1 guide, which details safety standards for PV installations connected to France's BT network and its switchgear high voltage distribution network, was published on July 1, 2013 by the UTE, the French national standards body for electricity and communication.

The most significant change in the updated guide is the inclusion of more requirements for protective equipotential bonding, which is designed to provide greater safety for individuals in the event of damaged modules, as well as the protection of modules from lightning strikes, even when a module is dismantled.

The key addition to the guide is contained in Paragraph 6.3 – Earthing of conductive parts, Sub-section 6.3.1 – Direct current part, which states that to minimize the effects of induced power surges, the metal structures of the modules and the metal support structures (including metal ducts) must be connected to the earth.

In France, protective equipotential bonding for PV installations is now required to comply, firstly, with installation standards C 15-712-1, NF C 15-100, C15-520; secondly, mechanical and electrical performance product standards IEC 61730-2:2007, IEC 60947-1:2007 and BS EN 60068-2-11:1999; and, finally, with a specific tagging on the product.

ARaymond* is well-positioned to meet the increased demand for products that help companies comply with the new regulations, as its Rayvolt® grounding solution specifically designed for electrical protection already complies with all of these requirements.

Rayvolt® is used by a wide range of companies in the PV market, in addition to companies in the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) sector, and installers.

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