If the output of the cell was opened internally it would be a lot
safer to work around.
Another idea I heard was an opaque foam that would block the sun from
getting to the collectors.
Some people are actually rethinking the whole idea of roof mounted
collectors Putting them on the roof sounds like a great idea until you
start looking at the problems it poses. Fire is just one of them.
On 4/23/2014 10:09 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I've installed quite a few shunt trip main breakers for electrical
cooking equipment located under the exhaust hoods in restaurant
kitchens. The breaker tripped off whenever the fire extinguisher system
under the hood went off. I'm sure a simple fuse link can be installed in
all the connectors of solar panels which will melt and disconnect the
panel when it's hit with the heat from a fire. It's a simple inexpensive
and reliable thing to do which would be an easy retrofit for existing
On Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:09:13 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
Who is "some people?" The roof is the obvious choice for "average"
homeowner. Sounds like an attempt to kill solar panels.
I'm not in a position to install solar, but risk of fire wouldn't stop
me. It's a small risk. I've only had one home fire, and it was
arson. The roof wasn't involved.
ROI is what matters.
The problem is that they are still making electricity. If I read the
article correctly, as the fire evolved and the structure began to
weaken, then the functional part of the cell came into contact with the
Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive,
but what they conceal is vital.
One of the "some people" close to me was Florida Gulf Coast
University. The chose a ground based installation for their solar
Ease of maintenance was one reason.
For the homeowner, the biggest issue is having a roof leak. That is
the best place to get a deal on used collectors, a tip from a roofer.
That is where I got mine.
The fire issue is still valid and fire departments are starting to
look at these as a hazard for their people, as pointed out in the
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