A longstanding dream…

Power outages, forest fires, electronic and infrastructure damages, personal injuries… Controlling lightning is a long time dream of mankind. Although lightning protection techniques have seen considerable progress in the past, the best external lightning protection to date is still based on the concept of the lightning rod, invented by Benjamin Franklin almost 300 years ago.

The LLR project aims to investigate and develop a new type of lightning protection using a laser-based technique to stimulate the number of upward lightning flashes with the aim of transferring cloud charges to the ground and thus to influence the incidence of downward natural lightning.

 

News

CNRS team at the LPHYS’17 conference

Aurelien Houard (CNRS) was invited to give a talk at the Laser Physics workshops which will be held in Kazan, Russia, on july 17th. The LLR coordinator will present the project as well as the previous results obtained so far. Read the abstract (pdf)

LLR team meets at Santis

  During their 2nd meeting in Santis, Switzerland, the LLR team visited the Santis tower, where the lightning campaign will be performed. Transportation, installation and weather conditions were the main topics addressed.

LLR PROJECT HAS RECEIVED FUNDING FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION’S HORIZON 2020 RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PROGRAMME.
Grant agreement: 737033
Funded under: H2020-EU 1.2.1-FET-OPEN