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Visualising lightning and surge protection

Integrated power solutions company, Scorpion Power Systems, has introduced a lightning and surge protector as part of its standby power protection. Unlike similar devices that are often installed out of view, the device is installed into an existing power protection system that incorporates an LCD display so there is a visual alarm to show that the surge protector has been triggered.

Visualising lightning and surge protection

Electrical transients and voltage surges can happen anywhere, at anytime, on a network. If the power to servers is affected through mains borne transient voltages, software, data and equipment can be corrupted, causing inconvenience and enormous cost to businesses. Protectors on a mains power supply can save data by avoiding a crash or power problem during which corruption could occur.

Installed at the electrical incomer of a building, the Scorpion Power Systems lightning and surge protection system provides suppression from mains borne voltage spikes and surges that can occur between phases, phase to neutral, phase to earth and neutral to earth.

Using high-energy absorption elements, protection is achieved which carefully match the lightning and surge protector. This allows the protector to behave like a short circuit during a transient over voltage, shortening out the transient voltage and allowing the transient current to flow through it. Equipment connected ‘downstream’ should also be protected locally to achieve total surge protection.

The lightning and surge protector can be expanded to be included within a building management system and is available in either single or three-phase options.

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