Fair weather induced charges and currents on tall wind turbines and experiments with kites
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Earth’s atmospheric potential rapidly increases up to few tens of kilovolts below 200 m altitude. This potential drop will induce charge to tall objects at ground by virtue of electrostatic induction. In this work we investigate the induced electric charges in fair weather to a 1.5 MW and 5 MW wind turbines. The effect of rotation is included and the current calculated result in currents of few micro-amps. The production of point discharge and corona is investigated and some experiments are conducted by means of instrumented kites.
CitationLopez, J., Montaña, J., Van Der Velde, O., Fabro, F., Romero, D. Fair weather induced charges and currents on tall wind turbines and experiments with kites. A: International Conference on Lightning Protection. "International Conference on Lightning Protection 2016: [Estoril, Portugal, 25-30 September 2016: proceedings]". Estoril: Zakon Group, 2016, p. 1-4.