Mr. Neeman has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin. He began working at Siemens Energy in the Engineering Department for arresters and insulators in 2015. In early 2020, he started as a Development Engineer at Siemens Energy to focus on further development of composite insulators and externally gapped line arresters.
Externally gapped line arresters have already been applied for years for lightning protection of overhead lines up to 550 kV maximum system voltage. This presentation describes development, design and installation of the first EGLA for UHV systems with maximum voltage of 800 kV (i.e. 765 kV operating voltage) and tested according to the latest standard, IEC 60099-8, ed. 2.0. It also discusses important challenges as well as basic functional requirements, such as severe service conditions, difficult insulation coordination due to existing tower design, high-energy ratings and difficult installation accessibility. Finally, recommendations and comparisons are made with alternative solutions.