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ENERGIE - POLARLICHTER – DIE ANDERE SONNENERGIE

Auroras are natural phenomena that can be observed at the Earth's magnetic poles. Electrically charged particles emitted by solar flares collide at great speed with particles in the Earth's atmosphere at the poles. Various interactions then excite these particles. Much like an oversized LED, the absorbed energy is released as light pulses and the sky appears to glow in different colours.

NebenAlongside the aurora phenomenon, lightning is a further example of a natural, uncontrolled electrical discharge. Even those working in the most advanced technological fields have so far not come up with a viable method for harnessing the enormous amounts of energy released by lightning bolts for the benefit of humanity. On the other hand modern technical equipment in the form of modern lightning protection has largely tamed the capacity of this elemental force to do harm. Yet this has not come about by accident. Safety is the result of clear rules and unambiguous definitions. Especially when these are arrived at democratically and by the consensus of all stakeholders. The DKE brings together the knowledge of all the expert bodies, while providing efficient structures and services. For technically up-to-date, market-oriented and universally recognized rules.

Bild Klaus-Peter Bretz

Klaus-Peter Bretz
Standardization Manager Communications, Telecommunications and Information Technology

"They are smaller, lighter and more efficient, and so the number of switch mode power supplies being used is rising ever faster. As described in European Standard EN 50160, the voltage quality of public power networks should be preserved even when the ambient conditions change as a result of this. This would help ensure continuing reliability in the power supply."