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KIT: “Alarming” safety issues with German PV storage systems

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:59 -- Laura Varriale
tested storage system at KIT

Lithium-ion storage systems for PV installations built in Germany show serious safety deficits, according to German-based research centre Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Safety issues range from lack of safety certifications, badly installed field-effect transistors (FET) to loose materials in the system. Several batteries generated smoke, exploded or caught fire during test runs.

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