May 17, 2021 Mithun Mallick

Solar Inverter Failure

Forensic Engieering

Solar Inverter FailurePhoventus was engaged by a confidential client to provide engineering support in the remediation of a 20MW Solar Project near Bakersfield, California. The project experienced several fire incidents due to faults within the inverters.
Phoventus reviewed a solution comprising of installing additional protective features in the project. The adequacy of the protective features evaluated in preventing future incidents and assessed its compliance with the California Electrical Code.
Moreover, Phoventus identified a scenario where the proposed solution would fail and recommended remedial actions to alleviate the issue.