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IT earthing system: FOR or AGAINST?

August 22nd, 2011 | 18 Comments | Posted in Electrical distribution
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The IT earthing system, when used properly and in the relevant electrical installations, provides numerous advantages, despite the misconceptions held against it. The main advantage is that it increases the availability of the installation. It helps reduce the risk of fires and explosions. It increases the lifespan of the electrical equipment. It also facilitates preventive maintenance and at the same time optimizes the overall maintenance costs, which means that the initial extra-costs are paid back.
  

With IT earthing system, the power supply has no point connected with earth (source: Wikipedia)

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Earthing system design

January 22nd, 2010 | 47 Comments | Posted in iec standard
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Electrical protection and lightning protection

I have a query on earthing system design. One designer has submitted me an earthing plan which interconnects the earth electrodes meant for equipment earthing and those for lightning protection purposes. By combining the earth electrodes he achieves overall earth resistance below one ohm required by IS 3043 (Indian standard).  But my question is whether this is an acceptable practice followed by industry or the earth electrodes of the two systems (protective earthing and lightning protection) can not be combined this way?
Would appreciate feedback. thanks in advance. 
D. Sunil 

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