Direct Strike Lightning Protection
The unpredictable nature of lightning can mean it will strike without warning or reason on buildings, antennas and other man made structures. With more and more complex and sophisticated equipment within buildings (computer systems, electrical and telecommunication systems) a direct lightning strike can cause destruction not only to the equipment and systems within the building but also to businesses through lost revenue and non-coverage of these systems and equipment through insurance.
Average lightning bolts carry a current of 10,000 to 30,000 amps. An average radiator draws 10 amps. Temperature of a lightning bolt can be up to 30,000°C
When you consider that around the world thunderstorms produce 6,000 lightning strikes per minute, the chances of your building or workplace being hit seem pretty high. Protecting yourself from this by having a lightning strike protection system in place will save you worry and heart-ache in the event of a direct lightning strike.
Lightning damage is a very real threat for most parts of Queensland, Northern NSW and the Northern Territory.
Queensland Power Protection is proud to be the Queensland State Distributor for Lightning Protection International (LPI) a global leader in Direct Strike Lightning Protection Engineering.
Through LPI we provide custom solutions utilising either Metal Tape Strapping or Early Streamer Emission methodology. All LPI direct strike and earthing systems are certified and supported by a 10 Year Warranty.
As a world leader in Lightning protection technology LPI is the designer and manufacturer of Stormaster and Guardian Early Stream Emmission Air Terminals.
A direct strike occurs when lightning directly hits a structure or a cable attached to a structure. The energy contained within the lightning travels through the structure or cable to the earth. A number of techniques including earthing systems, air terminals and down conductors are used to protect structures against direct strikes.
A lighting protection system provides a means by which this discharge may enter or leave earth without passing through and damaging non-conducting parts of a structure, such as those made of wood, brick, tile or concrete. A lightning protection system does not prevent lightning from striking - it provides a means for controlling it and preventing damage by providing a low resistance path for the discharge of lightning energy.