Solar Market Outlook in Panama
The National Energy Plan 2015-2020 of Panama has an ambitious target of making 70 percent of the country’s energy supply coming from a renewable source within a 35-year period. This plan is part of the country’s long-term roadmap towards increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions through its energy system.
The country has considered its renewable energy capacity and there are plenty of sources available. Therefore, they are not just looking at solar energy sources but others too like wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower.
In 2019, Panama has reached 500 MW in solar PV energy. This was a huge leap from the previous year’s 176 MW solar capacity. This solar capacity rate is expected to continue growing as more solar projects are granted licenses. One of the largest projects to date is that of a Spanish firm that is looking at investing in a solar farm.
Despite the positive outlook for the Panama solar market, there are undeniable challenges that the government is hoping to address. Among these challenges are the current power-market model (that favors conventional energy sources) and lack of flexibility measures.
Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Panama
There are many global suppliers and distributors of solar power equipment that are serving the Panama market. This is good news as the local solar power investments are still in its infancy stage. Therefore, residential and industrial segments looking to expand its solar installations will have enough options available.
Top 4 Major Seaports & Logistics in Panama
Panama has easy access to ports that facilitate logistics and handling of goods like solar power equipment from all over the globe. The list of the major seaports in Panama that facilitate handling of imported and exported goods include the ports in
- Panama City
- Colon, Balboa
Ground Fault Protection Devices
What are Ground Fault Protection Devices and Detectors?
Ground Fault Protection Devices and Detectors help people to rectify the faults that arise from ground faults. Ground faults are nothing but the inability of the grounding system to pass the extra current to earth.
Earthing is a common practice for all types of electrical systems. Earthing or grounding connects a conductor to the earth and protects the system from damage due to high current or voltage.
In large Solar arrays, grounding faults cannot be manually detected to their large size. Therefore devices and detectors are used to get warnings or alarms whenever there is a discontinuity in the grounding conductor. Timely detection of faults can save costly equipment and protect people from accidents.
Where are Ground Fault Protection Devices and Detectors used?
Ground Fault Protection Devices and Detectors are used in electric systems like Solar Plants with Solar panels or arrays.
Advantages of Ground Fault Protection Devices and Detectors
- Can be applied to single and multi controllers.
- Protects active devices like batteries and transformers.
- Used in place of fuses
- Complete isolation of the Solar Arrays or panels happens upon fault detection.
- Ground faults are easily traced
- Minimal battery power is required
- Compatibility with all kinds of PV arrays
How do Ground Fault Protection Devices and Detectors work?
Ground Fault Protection Detectors measure the voltage between the terminal and the ground potential. Based on the reading the fault is located. If the voltage is high in the grounded portion then the Ground Fault Protection Device acts as a circuit breaker to protect any hazard from happening.
What are some branded Ground Fault Protection Devices and Detectors?
GE is one of the biggest names in electrical instrumentation. GE makes grounding systems to protect the system from high current and voltage damages. Some other brands are
- NK Technologies
- Rockwell Automation
- Steven Engineering
- American Sun Components
- North Coast Electric Co.