To address the increasing concerns and standards around arcing faults, GE challenged our Global Research Center to develop a new, “active” method of detecting and removing an arcing fault. The goal was to develop a technology that would, in simple terms, reduce the potential for injury and equipment damage. The result is an innovative product called the Arc Vault™ Protection System. This article will outline some basic arc-flash mitigation techniques and culminate with a description of the new GE technology. It should be noted from the onset that this technology is currently in the prototype phase and that the discussion covers applications of 600 V and below.
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