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

Objective

The European market for lightning data has providers from both the public and private sectors. In a few countries (Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, UK) the National Meteorological Services (MET) can provide lightning detection data. In most cases this is because of the incidence of forest fires or aviation. In countries where the METs don’t collect lightning data, METs buy this data from private market leading companies and they are usually not allowed to resell or distribute this data to end users. Both MET and private data is considered expensive for end users.
Industries and other sectors sensitive to lightning frequently report problems caused by lightning impacts. Even with the best available lightning protection, goods are at risk of damage or burning. While new European norms were 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 .
Realizing the conditions on the current market with lightning data LoLight aims to provide for private meteorological stations/private weather companies an innovative, real-time, low-cost, user friendly and accurate sensor technology to localize lightning strikes. It will use data of detected strikes to track/monitor super-cells, thus predicting thunderstorm movements, which will help the companies to raise the level of their services and to have competitive advantage against big detection networks providing long-range (even global) detection coverage as they are intended to predict storm evolution and global risk, providing general data for statistical use.
The objectives of the project are to develop a low-cost system for lightning detection with an accuracy of 100m (the error range of current systems is of some hundred meters in best case scenarios, typically kms ), 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 CG and Intra-Cloud (IC) discharges the systems will ensure 99 % of identification of IC, CG and hybrid discharges.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Coordinator

ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS HUNGARY KFT
Address
Tetenyi Ut 84-86
1119 Budapest
Hungary

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jakub Shejbal (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 23 688

Participants (9)

CIRPROTEC,S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 159 359,71
Address
Calle Lepanto 49
08223 Terrassa

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carles Pons (Mr.)
CRUSETON LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 80 861,02
Address
Pearse Street Unit 19
Dublin

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brian Johnston (Mr.)
Prisma Electronics ABEE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 133 358,88
Address
Dimokratias Avenue 87
68100 Alexandroupolis

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Serafim Katsikas (Mr.)
EUROALARM SPOL SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 172 388,38
Address
Drazovice 275
68301 Rousinov

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ales Matejicek (Mr.)
VELLA GERA MARK
Malta
EU contribution
€ 224 639,97
Address
Triq S Dimech Hacienda 22
BZN 1100 Balzan

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mark Vella Gera (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 7 896
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tina Leiding (Dr.)
ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS CATALONIA, SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 8 572,80
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Albert Nieto (Mr.)
EUROPEAN WEATHER SERVICE - METEOROLOGIAI SZOLGALTATO KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 145 277,18
Address
Dunasetany Street 40
2011 Budakalasz

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
éva Aigner (Ms.)
DATAC CONTROL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 1 560
Address
Darac Unit 19 Trinity Enterprise Centre Pearse Street
2 Dublin

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Colette Fahey (Ms.)