By Kingsley Adegboye
Against the backdrop of the devastating impacts of lightning discharges on human beings, a new technology in lightning protection systems has been introduced into Nigerian market.
The new technology will ensure that homes, offices, schools and business organisations are protected from sudden thunder strikes that could electrocute human beings, interrupt business processes or cause damage to vital electronic or electrical appliances in homes or offices.
At the launch of the protection systems last week in Lagos, Mr. Ilo Christopher, an engineer and chief executive officer, ATNIG Lightning Protection Technologies, a purely Nigerian company in the business of finding solutions to lightning discharges, said the solution is coming after the result of a research which revealed that more than 2,000 people die in Nigeria annually as a result of lightning discharges.
The ATNIG boss who noted that hundreds of people survive lightning strikes but suffer from a variety of lasting symptoms such as memory loss, dizziness, weakness, numbness and other life-altering ailments. He noted that most incidents of death and injuries caused by lightning which are not reported.
Explaining the way the lightning protection systems work, Mr. Babalola Olusanya who is the managing director of the company noted that lightning is one of the most devastating natural phenomena.
Although he admitted that there is no device that can prevent lightning formation, he stated that “what the lightning protection systems do is that they conduct lightning discharges to earth through a safe path to avoid damages.
They disperse lightning current into the ground quickly and safely, and avoid secondary effect of lightning on the environment in the form of over-voltages which cause the destruction of electrical appliances.
“We are aware that most corporate, government and private buildings may have earth rods buried in the ground with salt and charcoal. What we want is merely an opportunity to access your building/facility, which will enable our company and the client to know the level of risk of your structure, electrical facility and loved ones to lightning discharges from lightning storms”, Mr. Olusanya said.
He stated that with increasing climatic changes and the nature of technological backwardness of the African Continent, it has become imperative for corporate organisations, government agencies and private individuals to take pre-emptive measures by protecting not just themselves, but their investments from sudden destruction by lightning strikes.
Olusanya assured that devices were produced in accordance with relevant international standards.
The company is entering the Nigerian market with five product range of lightning protection systems- External lightning interceptors and accessories, over-voltage protection, earthing, exothermic welding and preventive protection or storm detectors which are being introduced to make life better for Nigerians.