Firetrace International brings fire prevention technology to PV solar

Firetrace Internationala fire suppression technology provider operating in 35 countries and on five continents, launches the solar energy market.

Based on its experience in the wind industry, Firetrace adapts its direct supply XD fire detection tubes with cylinder and detergent system for solar farms. The technology has been installed more than 23,000 times in wind turbines around the world.

These extinguishing systems protect clean energy sources and their electrical boxes and components from initial fires that can spread quickly, leading to costly and irreparable damage, even total loss.

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the U.S. solar market has a record 23.6 GW installed in 2021, and another 50 GW is expected to be installed in 2022 and 2023.

While fire incidents generally remain rare, a study commissioned by the UK government and published in 2018 found that sunburns are both under-reported and on the rise. Data from the U.S. Fire Department shows that the number of fires increased by 36% between 2017 and 2018.

The UK government’s investigation also found that most fires in photovoltaic systems start in DC insulators, connectors, cables and inverters, all of which are components housed in the external containerized electrical boxes of a solar farm.

“The cost of damage caused by fires in any clean energy supply is potentially enormous, from a financial, environmental and reputational standpoint,” said Ross Paznokas, Global Business Development Manager for Clean Energy at Firetrace International. “Firetrace has an excellent track record in the wind sector, protecting turbines from fire with the best extinguishing systems that reduce the effects of fire and protect lives and livelihoods.

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