Monthly Archives: September 2016

Lightning Causes Most Wind Generator Fires

Lightning is the primary cause of fire in wind generators, according to research at Imperial College, London. Once ignited, “Wind turbines catch fire because highly flammable materials such as hydraulic oil and plastics are in close proximity to machinery and electrical wires… Lots of oxygen, in the form of high winds, can quickly fan a… Read more »

CSST Gas Tubing and Lightning-Related Fires

The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) is joining forces with the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) to improve safety measures connected with corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST). The product has been widely used for residential gas lines due to its ease of installation, but its corrugated design and thin walls make CSST susceptible to… Read more »

Scientific Research into Lightning

An article in the Financial Times about ongoing research at the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing (ICLRT) says, “The pace of discovery has led to an outpouring of new theories about lightning. When promising-looking clouds appear, researchers from the University of Florida and the Florida Institute of Technology, which run┬áthe site, fire a… Read more »