Faster and more accurate testing. Advanced new instrumentation has been developed for the fast and accurate safety compliance testing of photo voltaic (PV) modules during development and production. PV systems can operate at 1,000V DC when installed, so require electrical safety testing at the production stage of panels and arrays to ensure safety and maximum production efficiency.
The HAL Solar from Seaward http://www.seaward.co.uk/clarehal-solar combines the performance of a multi-function production line safety tester.
Part of the extended range of specialist HAL electrical safety testing instrumentation, this highly versatile tester has been specially designed for the electrical testing of solar cells, panels and arrays in the production and lab environments to International Standards UL 61730, IEC 61730, IEC 61215 and IEC 61646.
It offers full traceability for improved quality control and can also be used to test other solar related components including connectors, junction boxers and inverters.
As well as incorporating key functional checks, the HAL Solar meets the end of line electrical safety compliance tests required by the majority of national and international product safety standards.
The new tester incorporates DC Hipot (up to 6kV with dual display option uA or MΩ with arc detection) for Dielectic Withstand tests, insulation, ground/earth bond testing to 40A for larger PV modules and arrays with a fuse rating of 15A. It can also undertake wet leakage current test or insulation resistance test 1000V to 1GΩ.
The HAL Solar can be used as a manual stand alone tester with simple push button test activation or can be fully integrated as part of an automated manufacturing system with selectable sensors and enclosure interlocks, or by ultimate control using remote PCs and PLCs.
A large, clear full graphic display presents information either in a numerical or analogue format and a powerful internal memory allows the storage of up to 6,000 test results and up to 20 configurable test routines.
The instrument can also be interfaced with a variety of accessories ranging from bar code scanners to pass/fail label printers.
The new HAL Solar meets all of the requirements of the various British and European standards in relation to high voltage testing including EN 50191 safety compliant and incorporates fully isolated high voltage outputs to ensure the highest levels of operator safety.