In an electrical discharge, our grounding system returns the energy to its natural source, that is to say, planet Earth, meaning that undesirable currents in domestic and industrial circuits get avoided. In Central America, said discharges are unfortunately very common, given the poor quality in the electrical supply.
Failing to protect your electrical plant or facility by means of an effective ground system can cost you a lot of money.
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There are extraordinary benefits of the Faragauss electromagnetic grounding electrode system which are the electrode polarization benefits, especially in high-resistivity soils or rocks typical of the Caribbean islands.
Among the benefits that the Faragauss system offers are: a very low grounding resistance, greater personnel safety through a true zero volt ground and polarized terrain up to 85m radially from the electrode center section, increased systems efficiency, improved energy quality through dissipation of high-frequency electrical noise, energy savings through reduction of electric, magnetic and electromagnetic losses at motors and transformers, stable “0” logic zero required by electronics and data transmission systems, unidirectional current flow, and the dissipation of 97% of the lightning electromagnetic plasma minimizing voltage differences in the terrain.
Prime Technologies has many Faragauss installations at various Telecommunication towers in St. Maarten, Statia, Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire in the past years. In these installations, the grounding electrode resistance obtained was always below 2 ohms and in many cases below 1 ohm, thus complying with such stringent requirements.
Important differences you should know between the Faragauss electrode and conventional copper clad steel grounding rods hammered into the ground and why our system is beneficial to all buildings and facilities anywhere on planet earth.
Polarization of the earth to a minimum of 85m from the electrode means better safety for persons standing by or walking in the area when lightning strikes or there is a short circuit in the plant. Another advantage when you have large electrodes in a big industrial plant is that the polarization of the earth effectively interconnects all electrodes without the need for a connecting cable required by code. This polarization only occurs horizontally from the center of the Faragauss electrode.
The negative polarization begins at mid depth of the Faragauss rod all the way to the earth surface in a circle with 85m diameter. The size of the rod is a function of the maximum expected short-circuits. I.e. The size of the transformer or the main power disconnects. In the case of lightning, the polarization is stable under all conditions.
Lightning hits should not occur with Faragauss installations in 95 percent of cases.
Our grounding system consists of three fundamental elements:
A Magneto active Faragauss Electrode.(MFE), is a triangular structure made of high efficiency copper structure capped with an LCR device. This LCR circuit is essentially a coil that allows current to flow towards earth, but not that any current flow from earth towards the circuit.
A Coplagauss admittance and network synchronizer (Cans), this is a device that connects the grounding electrode conductor and the magneto active Faragauss Electrode to the network or equipment to be protected.
A GEM which is a Faragauss Electrical Conditioning Compound. Our grounding systems do not depend strictly from the ground conductivity and can operate in all types of weather, and characteristics of the ground.
Whether favorable or not, the resistivity of the soil, the base of operation of the electrodes consists of taking advantage of two natural forces of the Earth:
The gravity force (towards the terrestrial nucleus) Polarity, and the magnetic North Pole.
Given the geometry of our electrodes, we combine these two vectors, having a resultant of effective dissipation of current to ground. Our Faragauss grounding rod sizes varies from a length of: 50 centimeters to about 250 centimeters in length.
Our system guarantees long-lasting impedance lower than 2 ohms. Furthermore our system does not have any voidable parts. For these reasons, we can guarantee our electrodes for at least 20 years. The Equipotential Coupler is a device that turns the mass of a building into a Faraday cage, which is to say, the mass of a building works equipotential with the electrodes.