1. Charging the Ionization System & OptiMax Module
The device is charged via the lower electrodes using the ambient electrical field (several thousand volts/metre when storms are approaching).
This means it is a fully autonomous system requiring no external power supply.
2. Activating the New OptiMax Technology
Whilst dynamically assessing the development of the surrounding electrical field, the Prevectron detects the appearance of downward leaders. This innovative and patented OptiMax system is then activated to neutralize the space charges, which naturally occur around the lightning conductor.
The Prevectron is ready to operate in an optimal environment.
3. Controlling the Ionization Process
The ambient electrical field increases rapidly when a discharge is imminent and a downward leader descends from cloud to ground. This triggers the ionization process, using a spark ionization system between the upper electrodes and the central tip.
The Prevectron early streamer emission device reacts at the precise moment, when the risk of lightning discharge is imminent.
4. Early Triggering of the Upward Leader
The controlled ionization process and the new OptiMax technology guarantee the triggering of an upward leader ahead of any other protruding point within the area to be protected.
The Prevectron early streamer emission device is the preferential point of impact for the lightning discharge and provides the structure with maximum ESE lightning protection.