Less Than 2-Ohm FARAGAUSS Electro-Magnetic Grounding Electrode Systems.
ELECTROMAGNETIC GROUNDING SYSTEMS & THE FARAGAUSS TECHNOLOGY.
We market high quality ElectroPlasma coated-Electro-Magnetic Ground Rods and protection devices globally.
These products, backed by our engineering and control services, made our offer the most complete and advanced you can find in the international market.
There is a wide range of applications for our State of the Art Grounding system such as: Power Plants and Windmill Generators, Broadcasting Stations, Oil Refinaries, Industrial Enterprices, Data centers, Office & Commercial Buildings, Hospitals, Airports, Radar and Air Trafic Control and Aviation Communication centers, Defence Installations, Wireless Rural Telephony Networks, Fuel & Gas Storage Facilities, Mines, Microwave Radio Relay Stations, CATV Networks, Industrial Controls & Automations, and High end Residences.
What is a grounding system?
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-circuit. I.e. The size of the transformer or the main power disconnect. 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 MagnetActive 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 Admitance and Network Synchronizer(Cans),this is a divice that connects the grounding electrode conductor and the MagnetoActive Faragauss Electrode to the network or equipmenmt to be protected.
A GEM which is a Faragauss Electrical Conditioning Compound. Our grounding system do not depend strictly from the ground conductivituy and can operate in all types of wethar, 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 lenght of: 50 centimeters to about 250 centimeters in lenght.
Our system guarantees long-lasting impedance lower than 2 ohms. Furthermore our system does not have any oxidable 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 equipotentially with the electrodes.
Soil Improver Compound.
It consists in a sandy slime that contains a great amount of native silver. It is used in order to make more conductive the material in the well where the magnetic electrode will be buried.
Why is it that our system is better than the traditional system of Copperweld rods?
The traditional physical-ground-system based on Copperweld rods was invented more than 200 years ago by the American physicist Benjamin Franklin.
At that time and by many years, the solution brought good results in terms of providing security in electrical systems.
Today, the system designed by B. Franklin is obsolete but we continue its use.
Most Copperweld rod is a section of iron covered with a thin copper layer of only 0.03 inches.
The copper covering undergoes degradation during the first years when being in direct bonding with the soil, which generates a significant loss in the electrical properties of the rod itself.
Once the copper covering has disappeared, the work of providing physical grounding carries out exclusively on the iron, which like so, corrodes quickly given its high-carbon content.
Our Electromagnetic Grounding Electrodes have a 15 years manufacturer warranty.
Our electrodes operates altogether with our Equipotential Coplagauss Coupler. (Acoplador)
Our FARAGAUSS Grounding TECHNOLOGY is the BEST money can buy!
We should not be surprised at all if we find electrical currents in the ground where we have our
building or facility. There is nothing exceptional. because the earth is constantly being saturated
by disturbances resulting from existing electric fields, magnetic fields, system fault currents or
electrical or electromagnetic discharges.
Atmospheric discharges, better known as lightning strikes, as well as geoelectromagnetic
disturbances which navigate below ground can reach utilization devices, electrical or electronic
equipment by entering the system through the grounding electrodes, the building´s steel
structure, or the metallic water or gas pipes.
This electromagnetic energy load that saturates the earth is capable of entering our electrical
or electronic system causing equipment malfunction, deterioration or even permanent damage.
Some of the consequences are short-circuits, over-voltage and under-voltage of regulated
circuits, etc., and even altering the logical “0” for sensitive and delicate devices.
The optimum solution to this problem, AWD (American Working Directory) researchers concluded,
is to completely eliminate the risk.
First, AWD researchers evaluated how energy navigating in the ground enters an electrical system.
After confirming that an electrical load exists at the grounding electrode, where it is supposed
to be zero voltage.
AWD researchers found out that the magnitude of the electrical load in the ground is much higher
than they suspected. and that the electrical load entered the systems through almost every
The most important thing they discovered is that a grounding electrode, conceived to direct
potentially dangerous fault currents to the earth, actually works as an antenna receiver underground,
energizing the grounding electrode system and grounding network, causing connected equipment
to fail, deteriorate or be destroyed.
Next, they investigated what exactly happens when an electrical fault occurs inside the building.
What did they find?...
The electrical fault, usually of a high magnitude, is directed to ground through the grounding
electrode, by means of the grounding conductors.
As it reaches the grounding electrode, the electrical fault current finds a large resistance -the earth,
which is a terribly bad conductor of electrical current- and, consequently, rebounds and moves
towards the entire electrical installation and all equipment connected to it, causing disaster.
Next, AWD researchers evaluated what exactly occurs upon a lightning strike.
When the earth is overloaded with electrical charge as it occurs during thunderstorms,
the lightning rod turned out to be the highest risk factor.
When lightning actually strikes the lightning rod, if its electromagnetic current does not find a
very small impedance in its way to the earth, all its energy will dissipate through the building´s
metallic structures and components such as rebars, structural steel, handrails, metallic cabinets,
and the very electrical installations, causing explosions and damage to the building and
equipment contained in it.
Finally, AWD researchers discovered that when the earth´s magnetic field is not
Perfectly aligned with the magnetic fields originating from other sources,
nodes and distortions are created due to the influence of the field lines,
producing as a consequence interferences to the magnetic fields of
Considering the above findings, AWD developed a technology
through experimentation, concluding that for a good and
efficient operation of a grounding electrode system,
the technology should be considered not in an electrical
manner as we have traditionally incorporated in our electrical
designs, but in an electromagnetic manner.
AWD technology requires the orientation of the grounding
electrode electromagnetic fields aligned with the magnetic
poles of the planet.
The development and design of the FARAGAUSS grounding system had as Objective No. 1:
improving the operation of electrical equipment such as motors, generator sets, power lines,
and other devices as well as electronic devices used in a variety of applications such as
computers, networks, telecommunications, electropathology, etc.
Additionally, as objective No. 2: protecting the entire installation from transferred electrical
current in any direction, including structural and other components which may establish an electric arc.
Present practice uses as grounding electrodes one or more buried conducting rods
for the physical earth of the electrical system.
It is also well known that if the ground rods are buried close to each other
in a small area, the electric current flowing from each ground rod will share the
same exit trajectories thereby reducing the earth´s capacity for conducting the
The FARAGAUSS grounding system includes an integral
magneto-active electrode that is equivalent to several
grounding rods placed together in a bigger area but has the
characteristic of offering improved dissipation of the electric current.
When the FARAGAUSS grounding system is installed at electric substations, the following main
benefits obtained such as:
When the FARAGAUSS grounding system is installed in industries, shops and production
centers in general, the system protects all the machinery, the electric and electronic equipment,
including machine-tools and motors.
The following benefits are obtained:
When the FARAGAUSS grounding system is installed for electronic devices of high sensibility,
including the transmission equipment of Radio and Television Stations; Analogical and Digital
Telephony; Electromedicine; Banks and electronic Cashiers; Telemetry and Aereal navigation;
Calculation; Laboratories; Hotelery; Hospitals and Medical Centers; Cinema rooms and
Theaters, etc. the FARAGAUSS system provides complete protection.
The following benefits are obtained:
The FARAGAUSS grounding system has accessories and materials for its installation, which
is carried out in a simple manner.
Accesories include connectors, joining bars, Admittance Coupler, and a non-polluting,
Inorganic earth conditioner for grounding electrode wells.
Shared Information on Lightning Strikes and Towers.
Watching a lightning strike is interesting. Photographs of lightning strikes have shown leaders that
appear just before the discharge occurs. These leaders seem to develop downwards from the
underside of the cloud in leaps of about 150 feet.
They continue to extend toward the ground until, when several hundred feet from the ground,
streamers begin to rise from the ground toward the leaders.
When the leaders and streamers connect, the ionized path formed provides the path for the lightning strike.
If we could prevent the leaders and streamers from making contact we might prevent lightning strikes.
Aircraft have what are known as wicks on the trailing edges. These wicks serve the same purpose
as the lightning rods on the top of radio towers.
They allow the aircraft to discharge itself continually as it flies.
In the case of the lightning rod, the sharper the point the better the lightning rod works.
As the diameter of a conductor decreases, the voltage gradient increases toward the point.
When the voltage at the end of the rod is sufficiently high it will bleed-off some of the induced
lightning charge on the ground, streamers will be reduced or eliminated and the likelihood of a
lightning strike is reduced.
A corona develops at the tip of the rod, which sometimes can be seen.
An ounce of prevention
Several companies offer lightning protection devices that use a series of sharp-pointed electrodes
mounted on the top of the tower. These are known as static ground charge dissipation systems
and can be effective. It is also common practice to install a static discharge choke from the base
of the tower to ground.
However, if the standard ball gap is not properly adjusted it can cause
more harm than good.
AM towers, with their large and low-resistance ground systems, seem to suffer less damage from lightning.
Once a lightning strike enters the tower, its path toward ground is determined by the reactance in its path.
Because the rise time of the wavefront is rapid a reactance that might normally be considered insignificant
can develop catastrophic voltages, which can bypass ground paths and jump to adjacent objects.
Different ground points can result in a voltage differential between devices.
A lightning strike on a power line can enter through the line itself.
Regardless of the amount of lightning activity in a station's local area, surge protectors are
Some power lines contain intermittent spikes caused by load changes, as well as
severe over-voltage surges caused by lightning.
The surge protector should be located where the line enters the building, and additional surge
protectors on individual pieces of equipment are advisable.
It is essential that surge protectors be connected as closely as possible to the equipment to
be protected, and in no case should long connecting cables be used.
There should be only one ground system connection. Otherwise it is possible for high voltages
to develop between them in the event of a heavy strike.
The extensive ground system required by AM transmitters sometimes provides an ideal
unity ground. However, all connections to this ground should be made with a flat,
wide copper strap to ensure a low-impedance connection.
If possible, bring all ground connections close together so that there can be no potential
differences between them.
If a lightning strike occurs near the transmitter building a voltage gradient will be produced
across the area. If these three lines are brought through widely separated ports,
surprisingly large voltages can develop between them if they are grounded in three places.
Locating them together and connecting them to the same ground should reduce or eliminate lightning damage.
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