The study of fire resistance of building integrated photovoltaics

Ming Tsung Yang, Yu Liang Liou, Chun Kuei Chen, Hsun Ku Lee, Ta Hui Lin, Cho Fang Tsai, Ming Yuan Lei, Tien Chih Wang

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In this study, the fire and heat performance of PV modules is evaluated using the CNS 12514-1 testing method. In the test of PV module with insulation materials, there are 3 kinds of fire-resistant methods of polysilicon PV modules. Polysilicon PV modules with a calcium silicate board, a phenova insulation board, a gypsum board as exposed surfaces, respectively, were tested. There were wire holes on the back board of the PV modules in the three designs. The holes degraded fire resistance. With the aluminum and gypsum back board, the PV modules caught fire and their integrity failed. To enhance the fire and heating performance of PV modules, it is necessary to further improve the designs. The PV module with the calcium silicate board had no flames spill out during the test, but the surface temperature was higher than that of the CNS-12514-1 specification.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Event11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2017 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2017 Dec 102017 Dec 14


Other11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Yang, M. T., Liou, Y. L., Chen, C. K., Lee, H. K., Lin, T. H., Tsai, C. F., Lei, M. Y., & Wang, T. C. (2017). The study of fire resistance of building integrated photovoltaics. Paper presented at 11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2017, Sydney, Australia.