Risk of Electrocution During Fire Suppression Activities Involving Photovoltaic Systems

Report Date: May 2014

With photovoltaic systems, it is not possible to turn off the entire system during a fire event. Therefore, there is a risk of electrocution to firefighters. This paper examines safe distances for firefighting operations involving photovoltaic systems based on the conductivity of water streams. Experiments were conducted to measure the conductivity of water streams based on stream shape, nozzle pressure, and stream length.

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Tommasini, Riccardo, Enrico Pons, Federica Palamara, Calogero Turturici, and Pietro Colella. Risk of Electrocution During Fire Suppression Activities Involving Photovoltaic Systems. Fire Safety Journal, volume 67, pp. 35-41. 2014.

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