Yacht Lightning Protection DDCE

The complete lightning protection for sailing yachts and motor boats. The core of our lightning protection is the DDCE inhibitor system from Dinnteco. This innovative system protects your yacht against direct lightning strikes. In addition we offer further protection against indirect strikes from the water and for the shore connection.

Application Areas

The manufacturer Dinnteco has been installing this technology on buildings, sensitive industrial plants, historical facilities and any buildings that need to be protected from lightning for more than 15 years.

In the past the marine market was not the focus of attention which is now reflected by the extra developed Marine DDCE. The system was developed explicitly for the requirements and rough conditions at sea

Holger Flindt, Head of Claims Department of Pantaenius (Europe’s leading specialist for yacht insurance) is convinced of the DDCE System:
“Damage caused by lightning is increasing. In recent years the number corresponding events at Pantaenius tripled. Although the effects of a direct or indirect lightning strike can vary greatly, they often mean considerable danger for man and material. Even days after an unnoticed lightning strike it happens that boats suddenly sink at the pier. Whether and how a boat survives a thunderstorm is not only a question of luck. A properly installed lightning protection system such as the DDCE system protects people and material.

The DDCE system is therefore supported by us and a compliant protective measure for us.
And it also exempts the customer from an excess in the event of a lightning strike in particularly endangered shipping areas.

DDCE Marine Lightning Protection

The innovative DDCE lightning protection system prevents the forming of lightning strikes in the protected area. The system is approved on land since many years with amazin results. The Marine DDCE enhanced for the special requirements and conditions on yachts and motorboats.

Forming of Lightning strikes

In a thunderstorm a potential difference is created between the negatively charged clouds
and the positively charged earth. As a result there is an increase of charge concentrations at
certain points where lightnings can arise.

Functionality of DDCE System

The DDCE (Electromagnetic Charge Compensation Device) is a System of Protection against Atmospheric Discharges and an Electromagnetic Protector that avoids the impact of the lightning strike on the protected structure.

The DDCE system from Dinnteco provides potential equalisation so that in the protected area no lightning will be formed. The DDCE attracts excess negative charges from the air layer and drain it through the grounding. This process eliminates positively charged upward currents and thus prevents the formation of a flash channel or guide light within the cover radius of the device.


How does the DDCE work?

By varying the electric field in its environment a leakage current is generated, which increases when the electric field raised.

The DDCE is a passive device and needs only a sufficient grounding and no power supply.

Protection against indirect strikes

For the eventuality that the lightning strike will hit the water outside the protected area, a sufficient protection against electromagnetic impulses (EMP) is recommended.

A lightning flash generates an electromagnetic field which induces over-voltages of significant magnitudes on structures in the vicinity. For the electronic equipment are these EMP’s just as dangerous as direct strikes. The harmful EMP can move hundreds of meters and enters the inside of the boat through conductive parts in the hull.

To protect the electronic equipment from EMP’s we recommend to install  a DINFIL ground filter which reduces the high frequencies. The remaining low frequencies will be discharged to ground by a Surge protector (SPD).

Shore Power Protection

The third step to a complete lightning protection is the security against indirect lightning strikes from the harbour over the shore power connection. We provide you with the suitable protection according your needs.


ELNA Lightning protection DDCE Flyer.pdf

DDCE MARINE LT technical brochure_web.pdf


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