This is a machine translation of Huawei’s press release
São Paulo, August 17, 2022. In partnership with the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Huawei, a global multinational in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), is developing a research and development project focused on security and quality of inverters for photovoltaic systems. The objective is to research and map all the risks that may exist in equipment that generates solar energy. The project will create structures that can provide market professionals with a training environment, so that they can understand and mitigate eventual incidents, which can result in fires of up to large proportions.
The number of solar installations is increasing in Brazil. However, the number of incidents caused by electric arcs is also increasing, which is a type of “sparking” with heat production that can occur in fault conditions in electrical circuits. In April this year, the National Fire Fighting Committee (Conaci) published a letter warning about the risks of fires in solar energy systems. According to Conaci, there are currently 600,000 buildings that use photovoltaic systems in Brazil, most of which were built without the minimum technical requirements for adequate fire prevention and fighting.
“Security is a fundamental topic for Huawei and we note that this topic is still little discussed in the energy sector. This partnership with UFSM is fundamental to our strategy of bringing more information and training so that we can safely drive clean energy generation in the country”, explains Nelson Stanisci, Solutions Manager at Huawei Digital Power, a subsidiary of the company focused on development of smart electronic products for digital and zero carbon power generation.
“Analyzing the photovoltaic equipment sold in Brazil, especially inverters, we observed that a significant part of the equipment sold here still does not meet the safety requirements against risks of electric shock and fire prevention required by the most advanced countries. Our partnership with Huawei aims to deepen the study of these risks considering the local reality, as well as disseminating this knowledge that is so important to everyone”, explains Leandro Michels, professor of the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering at the Federal University of Santa Maria. and coordinator of the partnership research project.
UFSM has a laboratory accredited by INMETRO, which is a reference in Brazil in carrying out conformity certification tests for photovoltaic inverters. The R&D project, in partnership with Huawei, is developing demonstration benches and training for installers of photovoltaic systems, software aimed at designing power plants, among other actions. The result of this work will be presented at events and used in the development of training actions for installers throughout Brazil.
Huawei is a global leader in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions and one of the 100 most valuable brands in the world according to Forbes. The company has a vision to enrich people’s lives through communication and is dedicated to customer-centric innovation. With strong partnerships with local industry, it is committed to creating value for telecom operators, companies and consumers, offering high quality and innovative products and solutions, and with digital transformation, offering cloud solutions and Huawei Cloud servers, in more than 170 countries and territories. With more than 190,000 employees worldwide, the company serves more than a third of the world’s population. Huawei also believes that digitalization is the way to a more sustainable world and a zero carbon economy based on renewable energy sources. Through its subsidiary Huawei Digital Power, the company develops smart devices aimed at generating, distributing and storing …….