How it Works

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Who needs lightning protection?

Lightning protection requirements are growing among municipalities and building owners, but regardless if it’s required, installing a lightning protection system offers residents, employees and visitors peace of mind. Buildings, workspaces, ships and critical infrastructure have a responsibility to keep their property safe and maintained, which includes protection against power surges, lightning and the damage they can cause.

Risks associated with lightning strikes can include, but are not limited to: 


  • Structural damages: Lightning strikes may damage the building’s structure, including the roof and walls. Further, the energy from the strike may damage internal components of the building, including its own electrical system and sensitive machinery and electronics stored inside. Your stock, inventory and other items may also be damaged from the strike.
  • Fires: Undirected lightning strikes may cause fires in the building, either from the strike itself or the electrical system damage that can result. The combustibility of the roof is not the only factor, as lightning can start fires in other parts of the building.
  • Injuries: Most importantly, a lightning strike may cause serious bodily injury or death to a person either directly or indirectly. There are many sources of potential injuries to your staff, customers, and guests. They may be injured by the strike itself, falling debris, fire, smoke, and electrical hazards such as malfunctions and failures.
  • Downtime: It may take you significant time to recover from a lightning strike and resume work in the building. Repairs and replacement may be expensive and time-consuming particularly if there is sensitive and expensive equipment in the building.
  • Liability: Without a functional lightning protection system, you open yourself up to liability. Anyone harmed in the strike may pursue a legal case against you.
CMCE 25

Captures streamers (positive energy) to eliminate the property’s ability to connect to lightning’s leaders.

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Captures and drains positive and negative energy to neutralize the lightning threat and camouflage the property.

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Attaches to the property and redirects all neutralized energy. 

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3 Steps to Protection

Field Balance

Our CMCE lightning suppressor balances the electrical field by diverting energy away from the protected location.

Drain the Electrical Current

EMP Solutions technology collects the positive and negative power and current generated by lightening and drains it away from the electrical field.

Hides Structure from Lightning

The process of eliminating the upward current effectively hides the protected structure from lightening trying to connect with the ground.

How Lightning Develops

Two factors must combine in order for lightning to develop. Understanding how this natural phenomena takes place helps in knowing how to protect against the damage it can create. 

  1. Storm clouds build energy as they travel through the atmosphere. Eventually the built-up, negatively-charged energy must release, and in many cases it discharges in the form of lightning. Lightning that comes down from the clouds is called “leaders.” 

  2. While the storm is brewing, an opposite reaction is taking place. Down here on Earth, items such as houses, apartment buildings, trees, offices, boats, airplanes, people, pets and much more, give off positively-charged energy. These items emit upward energy called “streamers.”
When the negatively-charged leaders collide with the positively-charged streamers, cloud to ground lightning has occurred. 
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