Understanding Earthing For Solar Power Plant
Earthing, a critical safety measure, involves safely redirecting electrical energy into the earth through a dedicated wire. It serves both safety and functional purposes in solar installation. Also known as a grounding system, it connects electrical circuits to the ground, offering protection against lightning, ensuring personal safety, safeguarding property, and facilitating potential grading. This system effectively prevents contact with dangerous voltages or objects.
Solar power plants, utilizing photovoltaic power systems for decades, generate significant currents. Many of these plants incorporate electronic devices that require expert design and installation. The performance of these electronic components depends greatly on the effectiveness of their earthing techniques.
How Do Solar Power Plants Work?
Solar panels use solar energy to produce heat that can generate electricity. Solar power plants convert sunlight into electricity using photovoltaics. Most solar panels use silicon-based semiconductor materials that generate electrons when hit by direct sunlight. These electrons thereby produce an electrical current.
Types of Earthing for Solar Power Plant
The two devices – a common earth electrode connects the electronic earthing system and the power-earthing system designed according to the maximum fault level distributing energy to both.
Power earthing and electronic earthing devices are working independently. They are not interconnected and do not affect the performance of electronic devices. An equipment grounding conductor shall save them from any faults in the future.
Electrodes such as horizontal conductors, earth mats designed for both earthing and the electronic earthing system connect them with a bonding conductor that offers maximum voltage via a cross-section.
Why Do Solar Panels Need Earthing?
Solar installations require earthing according to international safety standards.
- A lightning conductor system surrounds them
- Solar panels have inbuilt transformers that set up the voltage generated through solar power plants. Due to their designs, they are more prone to shocks. In case you require earthing for a PV solar power system, you need the following elements like an earth cable, an earthing joint, and an earth plate
- To protect the workers around the solar power plants
- To keep solar power plants in check at regular intervals
- A grounding path will easily avoid any electrical fault and would not pose a threat to system stability
- Better functionality of devices
Marconite enhances the effects of earth electrodes and is a specialized substance designed for anti-static and electric earthing. Marconite uses raw materials that go through a specialized manufacturing process and are further used for thermal treatments. It is a perfect earthing solution that is handled by professionals catering to the requirements of chemical earthing. Marconite is easy to form, cost-effective, and can be used in any part of the building structure. It’s a premium quality electrically conductive material used in earthing applications.
Marconite is safe. There are no dangerous impacts of chemical earthing. It is low resistant and uses several chemicals like charcoal, and bentonite that impacts the subsoil and is easy to use. You can use it for every soil condition due to its versatile performance. Uses of Marconite include:
- Anti-static applications
- Power generation, transmission
- Defence equipment and facilities
- Telecommunications and media
- Rail, transport networks, and underground
- Oil and gas production
- Lightning arrestor earthing
- Distribution facilities
Earthing may cause damage to thousands of people so; you have to be careful with the mishappening caused due to poor-quality earthing systems. Marconite is a sustainable earthing system that is safe for everyone to use in earthing. It does not require water for maintenance.
Intertech recently completed the installation of 4000 Marconite Earth
Electrode for a 1.3 GW Solar Plant for Avaada Energy Pvt Ltd,