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CENELEC - EN 61643-31

Low-voltage surge protective devices - Part 31: Requirements and test methods for SPDs for photovoltaic installations

active, Most Current
Organization: CENELEC
Publication Date: 1 May 2019
Status: active
Page Count: 64
ICS Code (Power transmission and distribution networks): 29.240
ICS Code (Substations. Surge arresters): 29.240.10
scope:

This part of EN 61643 is applicable to Surge Protective Devices (SPDs), intended for surge protection against indirect and direct effects of lightning or other transient overvoltages. These devices are designed to be connected to the DC side of photovoltaic installations rated up to 1 500 V DC.

These devices contain at least one non-linear component and are intended to limit surge voltages and divert surge currents. Performance characteristics, safety requirements, standard methods for testing and ratings are established.

SPDs complying with this standard are exclusively dedicated to be installed on the DC side of photovoltaic generators and the DC side of inverters.

SPDs for PV systems with energy storage (e.g. batteries, capacitor banks) are not covered.

SPDs with separate input and output terminal(s) that contain specific series impedance between these terminal(s) (so called two-port SPDs according to EN 61643-11) are no t covered A.s tes t cla ss III in EN 61643-11 was primarily developed to cover two-port SPDs, SPDs tested according to this test class are not intended to be used in PV- systems.

SPDs compliant with this standard are designed to be permanently connected where connection and disconnection of fixed SPDs can only be done using a tool. This standard does not apply to portable SPDs

NOTE 1 In general SPDs for PV applications do not contain a specific series impedance between the input/output terminals due to power efficiency considerations.

NOTE 2 Wherever reference is made to the electric power system or the power system within this document, this refers to the DC side of the photovoltaic installation.

Document History

EN 61643-31
May 1, 2019
Low-voltage surge protective devices - Part 31: Requirements and test methods for SPDs for photovoltaic installations
This part of EN 61643 is applicable to Surge Protective Devices (SPDs), intended for surge protection against indirect and direct effects of lightning or other transient overvoltages. These devices...

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