Segmented lightning diverters provide protection from strikes and near strikes.
Wind turbine blades are very susceptible to lightning strikes, even when lightning does not directly attach to the blades. The rapidly changing and extremely strong electric fields in thunderstorms create electrical activity along the blades which can degrade the blade’s dielectric strength. Once the dielectric strength is reduced the lightning protection system on the blade, typically tip receptors, is less effective. Segmented lightning diverters can reduce the electrical stress on the blade and maintain the efficiency of tip receptors.
Can Segmented Lightning Diverters Protect Your Blades from Near Strikes?
Read all about the effects of near strikes in our article in Windpower Engineering & Development here: