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Laser Lightning Rod

Objective

Controlling lightning is a long time dream of mankind. The goal of the present project is to investigate and develop a new type of lightning protection based on the use of upward lightning discharges initiated through a high repetition rate multi terawatt laser. The feasibility of the novel technique and the project’s prospect of success are based on recent research providing new insights into the mechanism responsible for the guiding of electrical discharges by laser filaments, on cutting-edge high power laser technology and on the availability of the uniquely suitable Säntis lightning measurement station in Northeastern Switzerland.

The LLR consortium is ideally positioned to succeed and to raise the competitiveness of Europe in lightning control as it relies on the integration of trans-disciplinary fields in laser development, nonlinear optics, plasma physics, remote sensing, and lightning: The project team is made up of leaders in the domains of high power nonlinear propagation of laser pulses in the atmosphere, laser control of electric discharges, lightning physics, high power laser development, and high-repetition-rate lasers. In addition, the largest European company in aeronautics brings its expertise in lightning direct effects and protection means on aircraft and infrastructures.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Net EU contribution
€ 336 590,00
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (8)

Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 133 410,00
Address
Route De Saclay
91128 Palaiseau Cedex

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Essonne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 835 000,00
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Genève
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 6 000,00
TRUMPF SCIENTIFIC LASERS GMBH + COKG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 1 790 000,00
Address
Feringastrasse 10a
85774 Unterfohring

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Landkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
AIRBUS

Participation ended

France
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
2 Rond Point Emile Dewoitine
31700 Blagnac

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Region
Occitanie Midi-Pyrénées Haute-Garonne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ANDRE MYSYROWICZ CONSULTANTS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 167 500,00
Address
6 Rue Gabriel
Versailles

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Yvelines
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 235 000,00
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
HAUTE ECOLE SPECIALISEE DE SUISSE OCCIDENTALE
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 291 000,00
Address
Route De Moutier 14
2800 Delemont

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Espace Mittelland Jura
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ARIANEGROUP SAS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 168 000,00
Address
51-61 Route De Verneuil
78130 Les Mureaux

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Yvelines
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00