the only effective lightning protection system
We have always considered the assumptions on which traditional technologies are based (Franklin rods and Faraday cages) to be fundamentally wrong: attracting lightning and expecting to govern it and discharge it into the ground without damage is for us illusory, given the tens of thousands of volts that are discharged with it.
We therefore prevent the formation of lightning in the area protected by our installations.
The history of Ingelva begins in 1947 from the intuition of its founder Prof. Mario De Bernardi: lightning understood as the result of an electrodynamic and not simply electrostatic phenomenon, which can thus be prevented.
A natural phenomenon that originates from the “Corona effect” between the Earth and the ionosphere and that manifests itself with the better known cloud to ground lightning (from the sky to the earth), but also ground to cloud lightning (from the earth to the sky) with steep-front voltages and currents higher than those of cloud to ground lightning.
Ingelva is the exclusive owner of the Antiimpatto® technology and is the holder of registered international patents.
Ingelva, with the acquisition of a new company structure in 2019, has launched an important Industrial Development Plan for the years to come.
Customised solutions with a 10-year guarantee
Our Technical Department is at your disposal to ensure the optimal sizing of the Antiimpatto® system to the characteristics of your production plant or your household.
The system we install to the highest standard is certified and guaranteed for 10 years. In our 70 years of activity, we have installed more than 50,000 systems worldwide, guaranteeing them with an Allianz insurance policy against any risk of lightning strikes: to date, not a single claim has been liquidated.
Products of the Antiimpatto® family specifically dedicated and patented to protect very different Sectors:
Buildings of Worship
Oils & Gas
Lightning, understood as the result of an electrodynamic phenomenon and not merely an electrostatic one, is for us a phenomenon that can be prevented since it originates from vibrations and electromagnetic radiation with a variable frequency.
Its formation, which starts from static electricity accumulating, for example, in a storm cloud, reaches sufficient concentrations to form cloud to ground arborescent bands (or tracks). When one of these bands reaches the earth’s surface a strong current is established in the ionized channel and therefore the lightning is transferred from 20 to 30 Coulomb in it (known as the precursor) with a power of one million mw and a duration of several microseconds.
Between the formation of the precursor (the principal path) and the explosion of lightning, these are no longer electrostatic fields but electromagnetic fields that reach very high frequencies.
Our “air” defence instruments for the protection of cloud to ground lightning and terrestrial defence, for the protection of ground to cloud lightning, consist of a multirange and omnidirectional transceiver antenna (according to the principles of resonance) capable of reflecting and partially absorbing the electromagnetic radiation naturally existing in the atmosphere and in the subsoil.
The disintegration of the energy accumulation occurs in the initial phase of the formation of lightning, before the phenomenon assumes macroscopic proportions that are therefore uncontrollable.
The Antiimpatto® system does not in any way behave like a lightning arrester which may be hazardous for the areas near where it is installed.
Lightning simply does not occur
The Antiimpatto® system, with its direct preventative action against the formation of lightning, completely eliminates the effects of interference and electromagnetic induction that are usually the primary cause of damage to electrical and electronic systems and due, in traditional prevention systems, to the passage of lightning from the receptors (lightning rod or Faraday cage) to the earthing network (grounding).
Paradoxically, traditional technologies become the natural outlet for these energy accumulations: they attract the cloud to ground lightning with the lightning rod and the ground to cloud lightning with the grounding points inserted in the ground (which, conversely, become veritable antennas).
In recent years, Ingelva has studied and solved the problem of cloud to ground, ground to cloud, and cloud to cloud lightning in an innovative way, boasting to date more than 50,000 Antiimpatto® systems installed worldwide and guaranteeing them with the Allianz Policy.