mettre...en berne

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12:08 Jun 20, 2018
French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Energy / Power Generation
French term or phrase: mettre...en berne
This is from the Special Technical Terms and Conditions for a photovoltaic power plant. I'm confused by the use of "mettre en berne" here. The only meaning for this term seems to be "to fly [a flag] at half-mast". In this context, I'm assuming it means something along the lines of reducing or suspending operation of the structures during a power outage, but I'm unsure. The full sentence is as follows, and is the last item on a list of various work procedures:

Les calculs de dimensionnement de l'alimentation secourue des moteurs des Trackers justifiant de la possibilité de mettre toutes les structures en berne lors d'une coupure du réseau.

Thank you.
Rebecca Elliott
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:51

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Robin Levey
3 +1put it on hold
Gabrielle Leyden



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put it on hold

By extension, it means "Put it on hold, put it on the back burner". Maybe it means temporarily taking them offline?

Gabrielle Leyden
Local time: 09:51
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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Asker: That makes perfect sense, thank you!

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agree  Francois Boye
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mettre en berne, in the context of tracking motors for PV plants, is commonly called "stowage" (verb: to stow), as discussed about half-way down the page here:

"The typical stepper motor speed range is also limited on the high side to about 400 rpm. This limit can be disadvantageous when it becomes necessary to stow trackers quickly when bad storms approach.
They also exhibit a wide speed range that is advantageous in stowing situations
The electronically commutated BLDC motor has no wear-prone brushes, is highly efficient (typically 85 to 90%) and hits 3,000 rpm, a distinct advantage when a short stowing time is important."

The purpose is to put the panels in a "safe" position when not in use (power grid unavailable, adverse weather conditions, etc.), and the ST is discussing the back-up power needed to drive these motors when grid power is not available.

Robin Levey
Local time: 03:51
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Asker: Thank you for this information, Robin. It's extremely helpful. The ST does indeed go on to talk about putting the trackers in a safe position during adverse weather conditions etc.

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