A study on fire risks to firefighters in the building with photovoltaic system

Shin Ku Lee, Chun Mu Wu, Kuo Chan Hung

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Abstract

Among all the available renewable energy sources, solar energy is the most abundant and is an inexhaustible source of clean energy. Moreover, photovoltaic (PV) module technology has been widely used in modern industry to directly convert solar energy into electricity to meet people's demands. The photovoltaic (PV) industry and solar cell panel installation capacity are rapidly expanding in Taiwan. In practice, many factors can cause fire hazards with PV systems, and this danger increases as such systems scale up, with high voltages of 600 to 1000 V posing a greater risk than less powerful systems. However, a limited body of knowledge and insufficient data exists for the fire service community to fully understand the risks of PV system catching fire to the extent that standard operational procedures have been developed in Taiwan. The object of this study is to document firefighter vulnerability to electrical and casualty hazards when mitigating a fire in a building involving photovoltaic system. The results of the survey would provide a technical basis for the fire service to examine their equipment, tactics, standard operating procedures and training content.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Applied System Innovation
Subtitle of host publicationApplied System Innovation for Modern Technology, ICASI 2017
EditorsTeen-Hang Meen, Artde Donald Kin-Tak Lam, Stephen D. Prior
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1174-1177
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781509048977
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 21
Event2017 IEEE International Conference on Applied System Innovation, ICASI 2017 - Sapporo, Japan
Duration: 2017 May 132017 May 17

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Applied System Innovation: Applied System Innovation for Modern Technology, ICASI 2017

Other

Other2017 IEEE International Conference on Applied System Innovation, ICASI 2017
CountryJapan
CitySapporo
Period17-05-1317-05-17

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Technology
  • Health Informatics
  • Instrumentation

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Lee, S. K., Wu, C. M., & Hung, K. C. (2017). A study on fire risks to firefighters in the building with photovoltaic system. In T-H. Meen, A. D. K-T. Lam, & S. D. Prior (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Applied System Innovation: Applied System Innovation for Modern Technology, ICASI 2017 (pp. 1174-1177). [7988500] (Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Applied System Innovation: Applied System Innovation for Modern Technology, ICASI 2017). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICASI.2017.7988500