INGESCO® PDC.E electronic lightning rod with ESE (Early Streamer Emission)

It is suitable for external lightning protection of all types of structures and open areas

  • High level protection.
  • 100% of efficacy in discharge capture.
  • It doesn’t need external power supply.
  • Operation guaranteed in any atmospheric condition.
  • An external structure made from stainless steel AISI 316 L.

PDC.E lightning rod with electronic ESE system offer the most effective and safe protection before lightning. They have been designed to reduce the time of the electro atmospheric discharge, in order to increase their capacity for lightning capture. When a storm cloud is near to produce a downward electrical discharge (lightning), an increase in the electric field takes place. The electronic ESE system accumulates this electric potential and afterwards releases it as high voltage impulses that ionize the air particles around device. This process produces an upward streamer emission that attracts and captures lightning.


The capture terminal of INGESCO® PDC.E, fits the following technical specifications:

  • It has an electronic ESE (Early Streamer Emission) system.
  • A capacitive generator of an upward emission.
  • A capacitive circuit to store electric charges.
  • An insulation system made with resin (certified for high voltage devices protection).
  • An external structure made from stainless steel AISI 316 L.

Its effective operation in any atmospheric condition and environment is thus guaranteed.


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Protection radii calculated according to: Norm UNE 21.186:2011 & NFC 17.102:2011 (These radii of protection have been calculated according to a height difference of 20 m between the tip of the lightning rod and the considered horizontal plane).

Reference 102004 102005 102006 102007
Δt 15 µs 30 µs 45 µs 60 µs
LEVEL I 35 m 50 m 65 m 80 m
LEVEL II 43 m 59 m 74 m 89 m
LEVEL III 54 m 70 m 86 m 102 m
LEVEL IV 63 m 81 m 97 m 113 m

INGESCO® PDC.E, fits the requirements contained in norms:

  • NP4426:2013
  • IEC 62.305
  • UNE 21.186:2011
  • IEC 62.561/1
  • NFC 17.102:2011
  • IEC 62.561/3
  • Evaluation test of the upward leader initiation time emitted by the lightning rods with ESE system (Annex C UNE 21.186:2011 and NFC 17.102:2011), at the LABELEC High Voltage Laboratory.
  • Mechanical test (traction and flexion until breakage).
  • Product certificate issued by the Bureau Veritas Certification entity.
  • Lightning protection test components according IEC 62.561/1, in the LABELEC High Voltage Laboratory.
  • Certificate of insulation in rainy conditions issued by the LABELEC High Voltage Laboratory.

ENAC certificate        bureau vertias lightning rod ese        labelec        

The capture terminal of INGESCO® PDC.E should follow the prescriptions of the norms UNE 21.186:2011, NFC17-102:2011, NP4426:2013 y IEC62.305, and should take into account the following:

  • The point of the lightning rod should be situated, at least 2 m. above the highest building to be protected.
  • For its installation on a mast, the corresponding head-mast adapter is needed for the lightning rod.
  • The cabling of the covers should be protected against surges and connect to ground the metallic structures present within the safety zone.
  • The lightning rod should be connected to a grounding point by way of two or various conducting cables which will go down, whenever possible, the exterior of the construction with the shortest and straight possible trajectory.
  • The hearth termination systems, whose resistance are not surpass 10 ohms, should guarantee the most rapid possible dispersion of the lightning current discharge.
Technical specifications
Mod. Ref. Mat. H (mm) ØD1 (mm) ØD2 (mm) M1 Weight (g)
PDC.E15 102004 Inox 412 16 83 M 20 3775
PDC.E30 102005 Inox 412 16 83 M 20 3770
PDC.E45 102006 Inox 412 16 83 M 20 3765
PDC.E60 102007 Inox 412 16 83 M 20 3760

INGESCO Advanced ESE tester

Tester for lightning rods with ESE

Advanced portable device for analysing INGESCO® PDC.E series lightning rods.

The INGESCO® Advanced ESE Tester constitutes an advanced tool for analysing electronic early streamer emission (ESE) lightning rods. This device has been specifically designed for testing ESE lightning rods from the INGESCO® PDC.E series. It uses advanced test methods for measuring several lightning rod functional parameters.


Several lightning protection standards recommend the realization of periodic inspections of the lightning protection installation and its components. These standards also recommend or stablish the need for conducting maintenance actions after the occurrence of lightning impacts on the lightning protection system. The INGESCO® Advanced ESE Tester permits the execution of an advanced functional analysis to detect any abnormality in the lightning rod behaviour.


  • The INGESCO® Advanced ESE Tester requires a good electrical contact between its test leads and the lightning rod terminals. It is a requirement to have direct physical access to the lightning rod to be able to test it.
  • This device has been designed and optimized for testing lightning rods from the INGESCO® PDC.E series. Its use for any other type of application, purpose, or for testing any other type of lightning rod is strictly forbidden.
  • The INGESCO® Advanced ESE Tester has been designed for indoor applications. Outdoor use is only recommended under good weather conditions (clear sky).
  • INGESCO strongly advices that lightning rod tests must NEVER be conducted under stormy or cloudy weather conditions or when atmospheric electrical activity is detected.
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Technical specifications
Supported ESE Models: INGESCO® PDC.E
Operating temperature: -10ºC to +40ºC.
Current consumption: 30mA.
Test duration: 1s -to- 30s.
Battery type: 9V, IEC 6LR61/IEC 6F22/USA PP3.
Dimensions: 147x89x25 mm.
Weight: 320g.
Enclosure: Molded ABS plastic, grey colour.
Accessories: Two coloured 1m test leads with alligator clips.

Test procedure

WARNING:: INGESCO strongly recommends reading the Operators Manual before proceeding to activate this device.

The summarized assay procedure consists of the following steps:

  • Connect the INGESCO® Advanced ESE Tester test leads to the terminals of the INGESCO® PDC.E series lightning rod under test.
  • Double check for the fulfillment of all safety measures described in the Operators Manual.
  • Turn on the INGESCO® Advanced ESE Tester and select the type of test to execute.
  • Activate the test procedure.
  • Wait until the testing process completes making sure to follow all the safety recommendations described in the Operators Manual.
  • Check the diagnostic results presented by the INGESCO® Advanced ESE Tester in the LCD display.
  • Turn off the INGESCO® Advanced ESE Tester.
  • Disconnect the INGESCO® Advanced ESE Tester test leads from the lightning rod terminals.

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