Research assistant Ms. Fatima Al-Janahi, Ph.D. student Ms. Sawsan Shukri, and Mr. Kais Abdulmawjood presented their paper entitled “Characterizing DC Arcs for Photovoltaic Arc Fault Detection” at the 2nd International Conference on Photovoltaic Science and Technology. The workshop, which was held virtually 30 November through 2 December 2020, was originally scheduled to be in-person in Ankara, TURKEY.

The paper aims to demonstrate how to perform multiple arc generation experiments using the pull-apart method that includes different parameter combinations. Some factors that influence the electrical characteristics of the arc are the following: the electrode material and geometry, electrical current and voltage, and the electrode separation gap profile. The analysis of the results can be help researchers to identify key distinguishing features of the arc that can be used to design a reliable arc detector.

This publication was made possible by QNRF grant # UREP24-023-2-010 from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of the Qatar Foundation). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors.