Solar Energy (Photovolatics)
Previously at Solar Power International a unique approach to cable commissioning was presented. This paper is a follow up describing performance of those cables and an additional 60,000 field cable assessments by Power Frequency Partial Discharge (PD) testing at utilities, renewable energy facilities and industrial sites. As many renewable developers, owner operators, and utilities refocus on large scale solar they are finding opportunities to enhance cable system commissioning. The performance of cable systems under various commissioning test techniques across the world will be presented. Test comparison case studies, defect dissection results, and performance data will be provided demonstrating the benefits of using industry factory quality standards in the field for maximum cable system reliability.