The extreme weather conditions and the structures and buildings in such a city as Dubai makes lighting protection a technical challenge which needs expert solutions and high-performance materials. The Early Streamer Emission (ESE) lightning rod Dat Controller Plus has been chosen to protect three symbolic projects in United Arab Emirates.
Compared to other lightning protection systems, ESE lightning rods emit a continuous upward leader which is higher than every object within their radius of protection.
The time of advance determines the lightning rod protection radius. The greater the anticipation in the formation of an upward leader, the greater the distance between the point where the downward leader will be captured and the air terminal. This will result in the protection of a larger area.
This protection of larger areas makes ESE air terminals a safer and more efficient protection system against lightning for countless construction projects with special characteristics.
Dat Controler for protection of photovoltaic solar facilities
Due to its specific characteristics such as the high level of solar radiation and the location in open areas, photovoltaic facilities are exposed to a higher risk of lightning strikes. In fact, over 32% of the damage in solar panels is caused by electric discharges.
In Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, expert technicians study every case and every building to provide the most appropriate solutions for the projects.
In the photovoltaic solar plants it is really important to optimize the location and number of lightning rods installed since it is necessary to study the way to get the fewest shadow casts in the panels and avoid the loss of power production.
In this way, the Early Streamer Emission lightning rod is the best protection because it is able to cover a larger area, avoid the shadows and have a wide range of action.
Landmark Group store: The biggest solar panel installed in a rooftop
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas has protected the photovoltaic solar installation on the Landmark Group rooftop with three Dat Controler Plus ESE lightning rods. The business group has installed one of the biggest solar panel systems in one roof at their building in South Dubai.
The solar panel system created by Siraj Power for Landmark Group is able to autonomously generate 50% of the annual consumption of energy of the storage facilities of the giant Landmark Group in South Dubai. Besides, it is estimated that these solar panels generate 3.4 kwh of energy per year.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas has supplied 3 Dat controler Plus for this project. This lightning rod is characterized by:
– Certified resistance at extreme conditions (salt mist test and humid sulphurous atmosphere test)
-Withstand current test: 100kA (10/350 μs)
-An insulation higher than 95% in raining conditions.
Solar Plant Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
It is expected that the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Plant will become the biggest facility of photovoltaic solar energy in the region of Union Arab Emirates.
This is an education and conventions center, key to become an essential center for the integrated energy strategy of Dubai. Besides, the centre has cutting-edge geometry and pretends to create a complete synergy between design and functionality.
The figure created by the designers and its structure were a challenge for installing the appropriate lightning rod to protect the building and avoid the shadow casts.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas provided a Dat Controler Plus lightning rod due to its potential to protect a larger area with only one unit.
Lightning protection for shopping centers
Shopping centers are constructions with a certain degree of complexity when it comes to lightning protection since they do not only require the protection of the buildings but also of open areas such as parking lots, terraces or leisure areas.
Manar Mall, the biggest shopping center in the north of UAE
Manar Mall in Ras al Khaimah, the northern emirate of UAE, opens its doors for the first time in September 2000 with an area from 27.000 to 55.000 m2 with more than 150 businesses. In 2018, the real state magnate Ras Al Hamra made a second expansion of the shopping center. In the summer of 2019 it is expected to have an overwater cinema, food trucks area, rowing boats and activities for children.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas provided 11 Dat Controler Plus lightning rods to this great project.
Project service of lightning protection
All construction projects are different, for this reason Aplicaciones Tecnológicas studies each case to offer adequate solutions and supply the protection required by the standards.
The project service for lightning protection is designed for construction companies, architecture studios, engineering and installation companies to consult our Technical Department for the best solutions for design, installation and maintenance of the lightning protection systems.
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