Solar PV System Needs Surge Protection

Surge protection devices help keep systems running smoothly and profitably. Solar arrays are just like electronic devices that we use. These are prone to surges in voltage that can harm its components, reducing its purpose to convert energy.

Power surge significantly happens when more voltage comes through wires into devices. Some reasons include electrical overload, faulty wirings, lightning strikes and restoration of electricity after an outage. A harmful incident can occur, and in the worst case scenario, may lead to burning of the establishment. 

Solar arrays are electronic devices that are also prone to damage from surges. Solar panels are prone to lightning due to its large surface area and placement in exposed locations. These are mostly mounted in open spaces.

If the solar panels are struck directly, severe damage happens. Lightning burns holes in the equipment and even causes explosions. Loss of a PV module will only mean a loss of a string. But loss of inverter is a loss of the power generation for a large section of the plant. The effects of lightning and other overvoltage are not always apparent. These events not only affect and destroy major modules and inverters, but also monitoring systems and tracker controls.

A surge protector prevents damage to electronics by diverting the overvoltage from the power line into a grounding wire. Random and unexpected failure of solar arrays due to surges could slow down financial return. Installing surge protection device networks throughout the solar array’s DC and AC distribution protects the system from critical surges.

SPDs have its certain limitations too. For example, SPD can not prevent damages from direct lightning strikes. Adding lightning protection device can be taken to further protect the system specifically from lightning.

Lightning Protection System for Diamed Enterprise

Diamed Enterprise Lightning Protection System

May 11, 2022 – PowerPro successfully designed, supplied, and installed a Cirprotec Lightning Protection System for Diamed Enterprise located in Santa Fe Subdivision, Batong Malake, Los Baños, Laguna. The package includes a Nimbus® 15 ESE Lightning Protection Rod, providing a protection radius of at least 51M. It guarantees overall building protection from lightning strikes. Diamed, a biomedical institute, needs the security from external electrical hazards like lightning strikes. LPS preserves the condition of their equipment resulting in quality and accurate results to its customers and stakeholders. 

A CDR-401 discharge counter from Cirprotec was also installed. It features a clip-on mounting system which enables ease of installation to either flat tapes or the down conductors of the system. Unlike other discharge counters available, Cirprotec’s CDR-401 are more portable and easy to transfer without requiring any destructive work. It is also IP67 rated, making it totally protected against dust and immersion.

A grounding system completes this package to safely discharge any lightning charge that has been caught by the LPS. This includes down conductors where the lightning charges will travel to the ground, a grounding rod which will discharge the electric charge caught, and a ground inspection pit for the ease of inspection and maintenance of the ground discharge system.

With Cirprotec LPS, Diamed Enterprise is guaranteed safe from lightning damage to both their structure, electrical system, and their plugged-in delicate devices. The enterprise invested wisely in Cirprotec Lightning Protection System, making sure that the business runs smoothly and  is secure from external electrical hazards. Safety and security surely make Diamed Enterprise perform the most advanced researches and provide cutting-edge technology.

Cirprotec Nimbus – Your Advantage in Protection

According to the NFPA, lightning strikes cause $451 million dollars in property damage each year. This number says a lot about how destructive and obviously frequent lightning strikes occur. It totally affects buildings which can either be residential or commercial. Businesses have more stakes in their daily and minutely operations. Hence, a destructive lightning strike can do more damage than just the physical structure. It may also adversely influence the business processes and profitability. This gives light to the importance of a Lightning Protection System.

Usually, businesses are situated in business  districts with high rise buildings, towering together and closer to the clouds. It makes these structures more prone to lightning strikes that aims to get discharged into the ground. Cirprotec Nimbus® ESE (Early Streamer Emission) Lightning Rods provide protection on structures that are prone to such. It conducts the strike’s electricity and directs it through a designated passageway consisting of wires to the ground. These wires are designed to transport the lightning charge away from the building, avoiding physical damage and short circuit on the electrical structure.  

Equipped with ESE technology, Cirprotec Nimbus® series gives an advantage in protection and lower overall cost since fewer rods are needed due to the device’s radius (approximately 120m) protection coverage.

UP Baguio Campus gets #PowerPROtected with Nimbus® Lightning Protection

FEB 24 – PowerPro successfully designed, supplied and installed a Lightning Protection Package consisting of Cirprotec Nimbus 15 ESE lightning protection system and Cirprotec CDR-401 lightning discharge counter for UP Baguio Campus. 

With up to 120M of safety radius, Nimbus® 15 ESE Lightning Protection should be able to protect the UP Baguio Campus Building from destructive lightning strikes which should have a higher chance of hitting ground given the geographical setting of the Campus, atop a mountain and closer to the clouds. 

Equipped with an Early Streamer Emission, Lightning strikes should hit way above the tip of the protection rod, maximizing the safety of the building and the lifespan of the protection system. Included in the package is the installation of Cirprotec CDR-401 Lightning Discharge Counter, an open core technology, clip-on counter that can be used to monitor the integrity of the system taking into account the number of strikes it has taken and to see whether it is time to replace the lightning arrestor, down conduit, and etc.

With its unparalleled expertise in the product and brand, Powerpro’s confident that the Lightning Protection System they installed would benefit the UP Baguio Campus for a long term and would live up to its value. 


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Importance of a Lightning Protection System

Lightning is one of nature’s most lethal phenomena. It’s a giant discharge of electricity that’s accompanied by a blinding flash of light and a loud roar of thunder. The odds of being struck by lightning in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000, but needless to say, its effects will be devastating. Lightning contains a hundred million electrical volts. It can cause cardiac arrest, severe burns, permanent brain damage or memory loss, and personality change. People can stay safe from lightning by staying indoors, but structures too aren’t immune from its effects.

Hazards

We’ve all heard about lightning causing devastating damage to structures more than once. There are three hazard categories that helps put things into perspective.

-Fire Hazard

The biggest and most common danger lightning poses to structures is fire. Exposed lightning channels can easily ignite wood and any other flammable materials within the building upon contact with extreme heat. Fire will spread to affected circuits of wires too.

-Power Surge Hazard

The explosive surge of lightning current will do significant damage to any electronic gadget or appliance plugged in.

-Shockwave Damage

Thunder is created by shockwaves that are created by lightning strikes. At close range, these can be destructive, and will easily fracture or destroy hard materials like concrete, bricks, cincerblock, and stone.

Lightning Protection System Defined

A lightning protection system is an upgrade added to structures to safely minimize potential damage caused by lightning strikes. It simply works by providing the heavy electrical charge a path with least resistance to the ground where it is dispersed. A lightning protection system consists of both external and internal elements. External lightning protection system

When Kingkong climbed the Empire State Building, he held on to a tall metal rod at the top. That tall metal rod happens to be a good example of an external lightning protection system equipment called a “lightning rod”, which is used for absorbing and redirecting the overwhelming electrical power. On the other hand, internal lightning protection components are usually used for surge protection. Both keeps people and properties safe from lightning damage.

Cirprotec nimbus® Lightning Rod

A good example of a lightning rod is the nimbus® lightning rod (series of new generation lightning rods with electronic early streaming emission (ESE) by Cirprotec). It has a radius of protection up to 100 m (based on emission times of 15 μs, 30 μs, 45 μs and 60 μs). Complies with standards NF C 17 102:2011, UNE 21186:2011, CTE SU 8.

  • ESE electronic technology, unlike passive Faradization systems with air terminals, makes active use of atmospheric gradient to generate ionization in order to increase the height of the lightning impact point above the tip of the rod, thus increasing the volume protected. This facilitates the protection of large areas, simplifying and reducing material and installation costs.
  • nimbus® has evolved from our successful and reliable range of Nimbus CPT lightning rods, which protect more than 30,000 installations worldwide, a fact that bears witness to its performance, quality and warranty and our service.
  • The new nimbus® lightning rods exceed the requirements of the new version of standard NF C 17-102 v2011, with the goal of making them more robust, without sacrificing their compact size and with a significant weight reduction.

Features & Benefits

-Tested with lightning currents up to 200 kA (10/350 µs).

– Highest Quality: AISI 316 stainless steel and non-expendable components.

– Tested and certified by independent laboratories.

– Bureau Veritas Certification.

– Easy installation (and transport) thanks to its new design.

– Testable in-site with the Cirprotec LR tester.

Upgrading your home or corporate property to be lightning-proof may cost you, but the rewards will definitely be worth it when this natural phenomenon starts to pose a threat.