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Lightning rods that repel lightning?

lightning arresterConventional wisdom says that lightning rods are placed on buildings in order to attract lightning during a storm, but how about looking at things from a different perspective? Lightning Suppression Systems’ PDCE lightning rods will do the opposite instead – being placed right up there on top of buildings in order to prevent lightning strikes. How does it work? Well, standard lightning rods function by collecting the ground charge, discharging between the ground and the thundercloud. As for the PDCE lightning rods, those will prevent the ground charge from coming up to meet the lightning, hence preventing the lightning from striking within the area around the device. I guess Storm of the X-Men has no part in this.

The height where the PDCE lightning rod is mounted will also affect the area of coverage. For instance, if the device is mounted at a height of 1, lightning will not strike inside a cone with a radius of 5. Should the device be connected to the top of a concrete telephone pole, at approximately 20 meters, lightning will not strike within a radius of 100m, now how about that? These will not come cheap though, being priced anywhere from $25,000 and $37,500.

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