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Re: [a-w-h] Lightning

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  • Steven Shepard
    This is one of those generalizations that can be flat wrong. If you live in Central Texas (tornado alley) or in the Rockies lightning is an all too frequent
    Message 1 of 2 , May 31, 2000
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      This is one of those generalizations that can be flat wrong.

      If you live in Central Texas (tornado alley) or in the Rockies
      lightning is an all too frequent hazard .



      "Eric T. Kalkhurst" wrote:

      > Claus is correct that not all sites have a lightning problem. In general
      > if you are north or south of the Tropics you will not have that much of a
      > problem. However if you are between the Tropics you will have a problem
      > and the closer you are to the equator, the greater the problem will be. At
      > one sight in Malaysia during the mosoons we have a lightning storm every
      > day. That makes for a lot of lightning problems.
      >
      > Siting can help reduce this but you are faced with the old **** if you do
      > and *** if you don't. As wind turbines like nice clear sites with no tall
      > structures around them they are the tallest metal structures around when
      > the light show begins.
      >
      > While you can reduce the damage for the amount of lightning troubles you
      > have you cannot do much if you get a direct hit. Our protection runs from
      > just to the turbine and towers to separate systems for the power house and
      > the turbine. In the end you can spend as much as you want but no one can
      > guarantee total protection.
      >
      > Eric
      >
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