Conventional Lightning Rods

Conventional Lightning Rods
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Lightning Suppressors

For the past 260 years, lightning protection has remained relatively the same. Population density, architectural style, new construction materials, transmission substations, wind turbines, pv solar farms and the expansive network of towers crammed with digital equipment has created an environment where lightning strikes are more frequent, costly and destructive.

Conventional Lightning Protection

The conventional lightning rod has been in service for over 260 years, and is the most common and well-known device in the market. Lightning rods, also referred to as air terminals or Franklin rods, do not prevent or protect against lightning, but instead “collect” it.

Conventional lightning rod

The lightning rod is an efficient streamer generator and serves as a preferred strike/sacrificial point – collecting the strike and directing the energy to the ground.

When Benjamin Franklin first experimented with electric charges in the 1700s, his original hypothesis proposed that lightning rods could reduce or eliminate lightning by relieving the imbalance between clouds and the ground. After further experimentation, instead of confirming the lightning rod relieved the imbalance, Franklin discovered that it acted as a conductive metal, and when struck by lightning, could safely deliver the energy to the ground. It turns out that Benjamin Franklin’s original “suppression” proposition was a viable solution, but it would have to wait another 260 years for knowledge, understanding and technological advances to develop a device capable of balancing electric field charges.

CMCE Lightning Suppressor

The CMCE Lightning Suppressor is a Multiple Electric Field Compensator specifically designed to prevent a lightning strike from terminating where it is not wanted—in a designated area of protection. This is the only system in which lightning strikes are actively discouraged, rather than encouraged, through the process of deionization. CMCE technology is based on present-day electrical and physical formulas and mathematical basics.

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To prevent lightning from developing within a specified zone, a CMCE device collects the induced charge from thunderstorm clouds within this area and transfers it to the ground, balancing the electric field strength in the protected zone.

The resulting reduced electrical potential difference between the site and the cloud suppresses the formation of an upward streamer. With no leader- streamer connection, the strike is prevented. With no upward streamers emanating from a protected structure, the step leader is more likely to connect to upward streamers originating from either unprotected adjacent structures (both man-made and natural) or from air terminals installed on structures outside of the coverage radius.

The multi-modified capacitor design of the CMCE Lightning Suppressor enables it to dissipate the electrical field at a rate that exceeds 640,000 volts/microsecond. Combined with an efficient grounding system of 5 Ohms or less, the CMCE Lightning Suppressor can effectively eliminate the streamer/ leader connection and prevent lightning events within a protected area. Cost effective and virtually indestructible, the CMCE Lightning Suppressor is poised to be the new global standard in lightning protection.

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