Lightning Protection of Wind Turbines

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C. W. Dodd

College of Engineering and Technology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, Ill. 62901

J. Sol. Energy Eng 104(2), 121-123 (May 01, 1982) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266283 History: Received March 04, 1982; Online November 11, 2009


Because many areas of favorable locations for wind turbines coincide with high thunderstorm activity, a lightning protection system for wind turbines is essential to prevent losses due to strikes. Damage can occur to blades, bearings, mechanical linkages, electrical equipment, power interconnections, and electronics. This paper discusses how often a wind turbine may receive a strike, what damages can be expected, and how protection can be provided.

Copyright © 1982 by ASME
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