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Ground Fault Detection in Ungrounded Solar Arrays

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Digital ground fault detector for ungrounded solar arrays

Isolated (Ungrounded) Solar Arrays

BENDER provides

A typical system would be considered to have good insulation with a resistance value of multiple kilo ohms or mega ohms, and would be considered to have low insulation at the low kilo ohm to less than one kilo ohm range. However, the value of a system's overall resistance may vary depending on the number of loads, type of insulation used, age of the installation, environmental conditions, etc.

Figure 1: Isolated DC array and inverter with BENDER iso-PV ground detector

Non-Isolated (Grounded) Solar Arrays

For DC systems, as well as AC systems that have varying voltages or power conversion equipment including variable frequency drives, a special measurement signal is applied. BENDER's AMP Plus measurement principle, found in devices such as the IRDH275, have the ability to be used universally in AC, DC, and AC/DC systems, as well as overcoming adverse system conditions, such as high leakage capacitance.

Figure 2: Ground fault monitoring of a grounded array / inverter system