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E-Grounding™ is different from virtually all other methods of traditional grounding and lightning protection:
Without a robust and massively dissipative path to Earth for the destructive energy contained in lightning, true prevention of damage to electronics from lightning and lightning-related surge events is not possible.
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Regrettably, conventional grounding methods, such as ground rods and their related counterparts like chemically-enhanced rods or copper plates, possess significant limitations when it comes to effectively dissipating high-energy, high-frequency (HEHF) lightning-grade surges and spikes. These fault currents are the hunter-killer charges that wreak havoc on electronics. To compound matters, HEHF incidents occur precisely when a lightning discharge takes place, whether it directly strikes a protected structure or is transmitted to a facility through commercial electric or other utility services. Traditional grounding systems, unable to adequately manage such faults, inadvertently redirect the charge upstream back into the grounding system. Consequently, electronics that are now commonly grounded as per code requirements find themselves directly exposed to the line of fire, completely without the presumed protection provided by surge suppression devices.
Traditional grounding techniques have primarily originated from systems developed for structural fire protection and the balancing of early electrical networks. Surprisingly, there has been a notable absence of significant advancements in grounding dissipation hardware since the last substantial patent was issued in 1943. Even today, the tried-and-true method for traditional structural grounding predominantly relies on ground rods or similar devices.
During the 1980s and 1990s, as codes and standards were revised to address the specific requirements of electronic devices, the modifications were limited to two changes: the increase in the number of required ground rods at a site and the implementation of a common connection for bonding electronic devices to the building’s structural grounding.
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Protecting the electronic devices that run the most critical aspects of our lives from lightning and surge-related failures is now easily and economically achievable. With GroundLinx Gradiance® lightning protection systems and our e-Grounding™ suite of products and designs, emergency dispatch operations (E-911), hospitals, air traffic control operations, broadcasters, oil and gas producers, electric utilities, and data centers can now be assured that their essential electronics and infrastructure services are protected — and at far less risk than with essentially obsolete traditional structural grounding techniques.
By utilizing the comprehensive suite of products and designs offered by GroundLinx, known as the e-Grounding™ suite, excess electrical charge is efficiently directed back to its desired destination - the Earth. This innovative approach combines advanced principles of physics with unconventional grounding materials, resulting in a groundbreaking solution for fault-damage prevention which marks the first significant advancement in electronics-grade protection in over eight decades. The effectiveness of GroundLinx’s approach is continually validated through its successful implementation at mission-critical facilities throughout the United States.
GroundLinx e-grounding™ devices and networks establish an exceptionally high-capacity “off-ramp” that enables fault currents, regardless of their source or frequency, to dissipate and be fully eliminated well before they enter your equipment room. This instantaneous disposal capability ensures that damage is prevented instantly. Whether it’s your data centers, transmitters, pump controllers, or security systems - any electronic equipment with a vital role remains completely unaffected, not even experiencing the slightest interruption.
The massive rise in insurance claims made with respect to losses of electronic devices over the past two decades shows that despite its widespread use, traditional structural grounding is simply not up to the task of preventing losses caused by electronics damage in today’s highly electronics-driven world.