Photovoltaic Surge Protection Devices Make Systems More Efficient
System efficiency is paramount when speaking of green energy production methods, simply because the fuel source that creates the power product is only available for limited times. The wind is not always blowing, and the sun is not always shining, so in the past green energy production methods were not viewed as viable methods of producing enough power necessary to satisfy the needs of large populated regions. Improvements from a technological standpoint have brought this concern into the forefront, proving in several instances over the course of the last few years that metropolitan areas can now be fully powered without the use of fossil fuel generated electricity. This was accomplished through an improvement to the capacities of rechargeable batteries integrated into the systems themselves, as well as improvements in the amount of power that can be generated while the sun and wind are available. For easy understanding, both wind and photovoltaic energy production systems were at a disadvantage when it came to power production because they were not only unable to produce while there was no wind or sun, but also because they experienced inefficiency with regard to ongoing equipment damage by the elements. It was common for these types of systems to be rendered inoperable even during times when the sun and wind were available, because they were taken offline after a lightning surge, for instance. A common event that takes place during inclement weather, lightning strikes will either directly or indirectly cause impact to the exposed power production equipment. Lightning strikes produce power surges that enter connection cables between the exposed equipment and the control equipment located further away. These power surges can travel along these power or data lines that come into contact with the equipment, creating damage that is capable of taking the system offline. These powerful surges caused by lightning can be stopped by surge protection equipment designed to prevent such damage. The problem arises when the surge protection equipment itself is triggered and taken out of commission by just performing its duties. These types of surge protection modules will leave equipment unprotected while they are offline and until the time when they can be replaced. Most times operators are not even aware this has occurred. This downtime causes inefficiency in the system and by rendering the equipment incapable of producing energy.
Improvements to green energy production technologies involve not only the components which produce the power to but also the components which are tasked with keeping systems safe from power surges, and operational. An example of these technological improvements is found in Raycap’s Strikesorb devices which have been engineered to not only withstand destruction from the power surge itself, but to remain fully functional and operational even after a surge event. This means that equipment is continuously protected and online through the use of these specialized surge protection devices. This enables system operators to provide better functionality in the energy production, ultimately producing more power over the same time frame. All of these technological advancements are working in unison to bring green energy into the future, and ultimately create a better, cleaner world.