Lightning can have a considerable influence on the environment and on the economy since it causes energy supply outages, forest fires, damages, injury and death of humans and livestock worldwide. The risk of adverse effects from lightning is likely to increase as a consequence of climate change, since storms may become more severe and the lightning itself could become more energetic. In addition, human activity, spurred in large part by efforts to curb climate change, is already influencing lightning incidence as the number of installed wind turbines and telecommunication towers increases. Thanks to the development of such a lightning protection technology, safer air transport is expected, with reduced flight delays and congestion of airports during intense thunderstorms activity. Also expected is a significant reduction of maintenance costs due to lightning strike either on airport assets or aircraft. This could be a showcase for airport technological modernity, in case of regional competition.
More generally, the target is the protection of industrial sites, chemical and nuclear power plants. It will more specifically concern the Space Industry (protection of launch pad and launcher/satellite integration buildings), airport (protection of aircraft during the take-off, landing and taxiing phases, protection of radars), wind turbines (for French, German, Danish, British, and Dutch offshore windfarms).