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Lolight project

LOLIGHT: DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW COST, NOVEL AND ACCURATE LIGHTNING MAPPING AND THURDERSTORM (SUPERCELL) TRACKING SYSTEM

The project addresses the problems frequently reported by industries and other sectors sensitive to lightning impacts. Even with the best available lightning protection, goods are at risk of damage or burning. In the USA alone, lightning-caused damage exceeds $6 billion annually . While new European norms have been recently published to help reduce the effects of lightning, many older buildings do not incorporate such protections. Many sensitive infrastructures, such as airports, hospitals, sports stadiums, and telephone and power lines (for electricity distribution and railways) are often affected by lighting. Also, electronic components are particularly vulnerable to lightning-induced transient voltages. Lightning is one of the leading weather-related causes of deaths and injuries. There are roughly 2000 thunderstorms in progress around the world at any one time, producing about 30 to 100 Cloud-to-Ground (CG) flashes each second, or about five million flashes a day . The objectives of the project are to develop a low-cost system for lightning detection with an accuracy of 100m, super-cell tracking, prediction of lightning events in real time and total mapping with archive of recorded historical lightning data within 200 km. Thanks to the whole mapping of lightning and the fact that differences exist between the emitted electromagnetic radiation profile of Cloud-to-Ground (CG) and Intra-Cloud (IC) discharges the systems will ensure 99 % of identification of IC, CG and hybrid discharges. For more information please visit our website: www.lolight.eu

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