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Industrywide studies report, visit to Sandia Laboratory, solar photovoltaics demonstrations.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 68-13, 1978 Dec; :1-3
A visit was made to the Sandia Laboratory to investigate possible occupational hazards from photovoltaic (PV) systems. A full range of solar PV products were under consideration for all major potential markets. Concern has been voiced about potential electrical hazards. Potential problems arising from electromagnetic interferences from PV power facilities interfering with radio communications on planes have been considered. The production of microwaves appeared very low. Protection must be provided against lightning and hail storms. In a consideration of energy storage systems, concern was voiced over the use of lead acid batteries and their potential explosion problems. The possibility of operators getting in the path of concentrated sunlight from concentrator systems must be carefully avoided. Lens warpage could add to these problems and changes in the annealing cycle of the lens by doming the lens were being considered. For home applications, PV systems were under consideration which would operate in parallel with utility grids. Potential hazards associated with particular cells must also be considered.
NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-6; Solar-energy; Power-generation; Electric-power-generation
Field Studies; Industry Wide
NTIS Accession No.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
PEDCo Environmental, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
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