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Several studies indicate that around 10 direct lightning strikes to wind turbines in the multimegawatt range have to be expected every year.

On Saturday, DEHN AFRICA announced the launch of its training academy, the DEHN Academy, in South Africa. DEHN AFRICA is the local subsidiary of Germany-based lightning and surge protection, earthing components and safety equipment manufacturer, DEHN + SÖHNE.

The training academy will offer workshops, trainings, and seminars on surge protection and lightning protection.

Other offerings will include the basics of lightning, surges, risk analysis, and the design of lightning and surge protection applications in different sectors.

Training academy targets Africa

The Academy, which is set to offer weekly training sessions and quarterly seminars, is aimed at engineers, end-users, consultants, electricians, and architects across Africa, the company stated.

Hano Oelofse, technical manager at DEHN AFRICA, said: “Essentially it will target anyone who wants to learn more about lightning protection.”

He added: “Since DEHN AFRICA was established in 2013, we have noted that many of our continents engineers, consultants and end-users lack sufficient experience in the design of compliant lightning protection systems.”

“We hope that with the launch of the DEHN Academy we can sufficiently upskill and inform all of these parties on lighting and surge protection”, he concluded.

Training academy standards

According to the company, the Academy’s seminars will focus on the content of the IEC/EN 62305 2010-12 standard that is fully adopted by SANS. The standard includes four distinct parts:

  • general principles
  • risk management
  • physical damage to structures and life hazard
  • electronic systems protection

The quarterly seminars offered by the training academy will also allow participants to gain one accredited CDP (Continuing Professional Development) point in South Africa.

White paper for wind turbines

A white paper from DEHN claims that several studies have indicated that around 10 direct lightning strikes to wind turbines in the multimegawatt range have to be expected every year.

The white paper, Lightning and Surge Protection for Wind Turbines, provides a practical understanding of the lightning and surge protection domain specifically for wind turbines and is available on ESI Africa.

The white paper highlights that the environment, height and structure of wind turbines makes it a direct target for lightning strikes.

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl has been working in the African power, energy and water sectors since 2011, first with African Utility Week and now as the Editor of ESI Africa. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Global and African Power & Energy Elites publications. With her passion for sustainable business and placing African countries on the international stage, Nicolette takes a keen interest in current affairs and technology trends.

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