With billions of dollars being invested in the deployment of battery storage, it’s vital that asset owners take steps to protect against fire risk.
Power transformers are critical—and expensive—parts of the power grid. These devices convert electricity to higher (or lower) voltages so it can be used appropriately. Transformers are generally classified by the cooling systems that allow them to dissipate heat as they run. Some use oil as an insulator and coolant, while others use gas or even dry powders. But all types require transformer fire protection.
There’s no way around it: transformer fires are highly dangerous, and they can be very expensive. And although they don’t occur frequently, it only takes one catastrophic event to put lives, property, and businesses at great risk. That’s why effective fire suppression systems are so important. With that in mind, how do you protect a transformer from fire? We will briefly explore the essentials of transformer fire protection—including key causes and best practices for preventing transformer fires.
Wind farms located offshore are difficult to access and harder to repair. Consequently, the financial impact of offshore turbine fires can be much more significant than onshore incidents.
A clean agent fire suppression system is the best option for those looking to safeguard electrical panels. Clean agents are gaseous fire suppressants that leave no residue and do not conduct electricity—the winning combination for electrical panel protection.
When it comes to fire safety at solar farms, operators often overlook fire mitigation strategies. Many choose to rely on insurance providers to cover losses in the event of a fire. However, deciding to omit fire preventive strategies is neither the most affordable, nor the safest option for solar farms.
Solar is set to account for almost half of all new US electricity generation capacity this year and next year, with three states leading the way. As US solar capacity is set to overtake wind for the first time, solar operators must do everything possible to protect assets from fire.
The benefits of solar farms are so dramatic that in just the last ten years, the average annual growth rate for the solar industry has been 33% year-over-year. With expansion numbers like that, it’s important to note that any new frontier brings challenges, such as inverter fires and how to mitigate fire risks.
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will lead to the development of 550GW of new, utility-scale clean power by 2030 – with an enormous amount of wind and solar farms set to be deployed, steps must be taken to protect personnel and assets from fire risk, which is often underestimated and overlooked.
A fire at a solar farm can have devastating consequences for the surrounding environment. This is in addition to the obvious risks fires pose to human health. The damage can range from air pollution and water pollution and fatalities to bronchitis and the exacerbation of asthma and other lung diseases in the local population.
The solar industry is in the grip of a supply chain crisis, which means sourcing components for solar farms is increasingly difficult. Solar industry supply chain disruption means sourcing replacement components is extremely challenging – consequently, protecting existing assets from damage, including fire, is crucial.