Energy Control Systems Introduces SineTamer® Streamer Emission Delay Terminal

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It is impossible to determine when or where lightning will strike, but the risk remains and one can only evaluate the risk and develop a protection system to save people, property & process. In the United States alone, lightning accounts for more than one billion dollars in property damages annually.

It is logical to find a solution to actually reduce the vulnerability of the tower type structures and the equipment on them to be directly hit by lightning strikes.

Energy Control Systems is a Texas based full-service power quality consulting firm providing power quality & power protection engineering services and supplies advanced power protection products. Energy Control Systems is proud to announce the introduction of it’s new SineTamer® Streamer Emission Delay Terminals.

It is impossible to determine when or where lightning will strike, but the risk remains and one can only evaluate the risk and develop a protection system to save people, property & process. Of the violent forces of nature, lightning causes more deaths and property damage than any other. In the United States alone, lightning accounts for more than one billion dollars in property damages annually.

Lightning is a big spark...static electricity on a giant scale states NWS Lightning Safety. An article published by NWS "History and Mystery of Lightning” states that early Greeks believed that lightning was a weapon of Zeus. Thunderbolts were invented by Minerva the goddess of wisdom. Since lightning was a manifestation of the gods, any spot struck by lightning was regarded as sacred. Greek and Roman temples often were erected at these sites, where the gods were worshiped in an attempt to appease them. The Muslim also attributed lightning and thunder to their god. The Koran says, "He it is who showeth you lightning and launches the thunderbolts." Scandinavian mythology alludes to Thor, the thunderer, who was the foe of all demons. Thor tossed lightning bolts at his enemies. Thor also gave us Thurs-day. In the pantheistic Hindu religion, Indra was the god of heaven, lightning, rain, storms and thunder.

Structures such as towers that have expensive electronic equipment mounted on them are generally at a high risk of being struck by direct lightning strikes. The towers that are made of metal and efficiently grounded are generally strong enough to with hold direct strikes. The equipment like security cameras, various type of antennas, public address equipment, electronic sign boards, lightning systems, wind turbines, solar panels etc still remains at the risk of a direct strike. Also, any strike terminated on the towers results in rise of ground potential that can induce damaging impulses into the sensitive electronics.

To avoid physical damages to the electronics, it is logical to find a solution to actually reduce the vulnerability of the tower type structures and the equipment on them to be directly hit by lightning strikes. Engineers at Energy Control Systems have worked with various models that state to provide lightning elimination, charge dissipation, lightning diverting, point dissipation resulting in a promise to mitigate lightning strikes and further to extensive research and testing we confidently introduce SineTamer® Streamer Emission Delay Terminals.

As the name suggests, the Streamer Emission Delay lightning terminal (SED) is designed to delay streamers as compared to a Franklin Rod lightning terminal. As a lightning downward leader is initiated and the electromagnetic field builds up, a static charge accumulation is experienced on the facility and on the lightning terminals installed on the facility. The lightning terminals react by generating upward streamers having the capability to intercept the downward leaders. SineTamer® Emission Delay lightning terminals (SED) are manufactured using stainless steel ionization brushes that neutralize build-up of static charges and thus mitigate or delay streamer formation. Watch how the SED works.

The product is available is copper, aluminum and stainless steel. Engineers at Energy Control Systems specialize in designing protection for sensitive electronics from lightning and poor power quality related downtime.

Energy Control Systems, founded in June 1987 in by Jeff Edwards, was incorporated as ECS International Inc. in the state of Texas in September of 1988. Energy Control Systems mission is to provide cutting edge power quality solutions to our clients thereby increasing their overall profitability by decreasing overhead costs related to power quality issues. Energy Control Systems also manufactures SineTamer® Surge Protection Products that are UL1449 3rd edition listed and IEC 61643 certified. Through our commitment to provide Exceptional Customer Service by emphasizing the integrity, urgency and reliability required to conduct business in today’s world, we strive to create global partnerships which help to perpetuate future business propositions.

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