Research & Development for ALPS ESE

Updated: Jan 11, 2021

After several years of long work, research and testing Advanced Lightning Protection Systems Ltd. have created the first fully tested and laboratory proven ESE device made by a UK engineering company. In this post we will give you an overview of the research carried out by some of the leading Universities who were able to assist us in achieving this goal.


In House Design

With trained and experienced engineers in house who have previously manufactured parts for ESE devices we were able to fully design the exterior body and machined parts for our new systems. With various packages, 2D and 3D CAD drawings / models were created for our new device and with a lot of tweaking and editing a final model was created intended for ease of install and reliability.

3D ESE Lightning CAD Model

After CAD modelling was completed, a prototype of the ESE housing was machined to ensure all parts connected together correctly and the device was easy to assembly for installation purposes. Prototype parts are shown below.

Prototype ESE lightning parts

Once modelling and design was completed we were then put in contact with several Universities through Wolverhampton City council to help with further development and simulation tests before laboratory testing was carried out.


Aston University

After the mechanical parts for the ESE system were machined we then needed electronics designed for the device to act as an E.S.E.A.T (Early Streamer Emission Air Terminal). The device was then shown to Aston University who have specialists in electronic development who were able to develop a circuit to enable the system function as an E.S.E.A.T. The device would later be simulated through a computer program elsewhere to see how the electronics enabled the device to function. Below is a short video showing how the ESE works when installed.


Manchester University

At this point in development we were put in contact with a specialist at Manchester University who has expertise in high voltage and electrical power engineering. Now that the electronic circuit was complete from Aston University and an end product was created a simulation was produced to show how the ESE would function. From the simulation it was stated "the field enhancement is 115kV/cm. The magic number used for corona initialisation is 30kV/cm, so it’s almost 4 times that.". Along with a statement from Warwick University "The results look encouraging – seems like your product will function as an ESE device" An image below shows the simulation.

ESE simulation test