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SIBA launches new "fuse.on" series: publications that explain the world of fuses in a clear and comprehensible way - beginning with photovoltaics

October 2009 - There's no question that photovoltaics (PV) is booming. Private home owners are scrambling to have their roofs equipped with high-tech modules as quick as they can. In order to ensure that safety isn't getting short shrift in this, SIBA is making its own contribution: The Lünen-based company is dedicating the first issue of its specialized information series "fuse.on" to the solar electricity phenomenon. It's title is program: "PV-fuses: selecting the right one in just four steps". The publication squarely targets the technically versed who want to know exactly how to proceed, giving tried-and-tested advice.

But photovoltaics is just the beginning, at least as far as "fuse.on" is concerned. In its occasional series of publications, SIBA is going to cover other, similarly application-oriented topics. In stepping up to the plate, the Lünen-based manufacturer is able to draw on its exhaustive experience in the industry - not least owing to the fact that its own engineers are continually making their products even better and more versatile, from miniature and low voltage fuses all the way to medium voltage, power semiconductor and high voltage protection. And because SIBA has become an international player with 11 subsidiaries distributed the world over, there will also be an English-language edition of "fuse.on".

In its first issue, "fuse.on" highlights selecting the right fuse for solar energy installations. Despite the fact that literally thousands of PV-modules have already been installed on German roofs, the concomitant electrical conditions are all but easy to understand as module manufacturers, converter producers and system installers tend to give partly contradictory advice.

To cut through the fog, Heinz-Ulrich Haas, head of development at SIBA, is providing a calculation method in "fuse.on" that is easy to understand and which in just four steps leads to a fuse that is going to offer reliable protection without tripping prematurely. In his method, Haas considered the relevant factors coming into play, such as module data, ambient temperature and MPP, the "maximum point of power".

The current issue will be distributed initially on trade fairs such as Intersolar, but is also available by mail on request (see right for contact address).

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