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The Dawn of New PV Safety Requirements: IEC 61730 2ND EDITION

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The international standards for photovoltaic (PV) module safety qualification, IEC 61730 series (61730-1 and 61730-2), were recently updated to reflect changes in PV module technologies. Published in 2016, the new second edition relies on the important and fundamental concepts from IEC horizontal standards, in particular, the IEC 60664 series. This standard series defines and uses the concepts of “insulation coordination” and, in combination with IEC 61140, defines “application classes” that apply to PV modules. The international standards for photovoltaic (PV) module safety qualification, IEC 61730 series (61730-1 and 61730-2), were recently updated to reflect changes in PV module technologies. Published in 2016, the new second edition relies on the important and fundamental concepts from IEC horizontal standards, in particular, the IEC 60664 series. This standard series defines and uses the concepts of “insulation coordination” and, in combination with IEC 61140, defines “application classes” that apply to PV modules.

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