Lightning strikes are a primary cause of devastating and expensive fires in storage tanks in the petrochemicals sector and throughout the country’s utilities and power generation sectors as well as data centres, telecommunication centres and mass transit and logistics facilities.
To ensure your property is protected from a lightning strike it’s essential to put a Lightning Protection System (LPS) in place.
Lightning protection acts as a safeguard, it’s designed to protect a structure by intercepting extremely high currents of strikes and passing them safely from the structure to the ground. These systems also lessen the fire hazard which lightning strikes can pose to structures.
What are the main components of a lightning protection system?
- Air terminals (lightning rods or strike termination devices)
- Bonding conductors
- Ground terminals (ground or earthing rods, plates, or mesh)
There are four general types of commercially available lightning protection systems, as follows:
- Conventional air terminal systems – designed to collect strikes
- Early streamer emitting air terminal systems– designed to collect strikes
- Charge Transfer Systems – streamer delaying arrays that are designed to prevent all possible lightning strike collection
- Hybrid System - streamer delaying air terminals that collect strikes only when charge transfer capacity is exceeded by dissipation requirements.
There are two parts to a lightning protection plan
Lightning Eliminators and Consultants, Inc. (LEC) does not follow the traditional approach. We provide advanced industrial strength lightning protection systems worldwide. LEC’s charge transfer system (patented as the Dissipation Array System or DAS) uses a naturally occurring, scientific phenomenon called point discharge to prevent the collection of lightning within a finite protection zone.
With over 70,000 system-years of actual in-field operation and proven success in minimizing the effects of lightning, LEC is the smart risk-reduction choice for critical systems’ lightning protection.
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