African Centre for Lightning and Electromagnetics

By E Trengove, University of the Witwatersrand

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Electricity+Control, April 2013 (page 52)



Lightning causes the injuries, loss of life and property damage in many countries in Africa. Central Africa and South Africa have among the highest lightning flash densities in the world, yet in many African countries, little progress has been made towards lightning awareness and safety.

The African Centre for Lightning and Electromagnetics (ACLE) was established in Kampala, Uganda, on 7 February 2013 in an attempt to promote research and lightning safety awareness on the continent.


Some ACLE goals:

  • To develop a robust network to promote lightning safety awareness in Africa, penetrating into remote rural areas
  • To form a team of advisers with expertise in lightning protection systems, with an emphasis on low-cost solutions


Take note

  • Africa is known to have a significant number of lightning injuries.
  • Certain parts of Africa are known to have very high lightning ground flash densities.
  • The Africa Centre for Lightning and Electromagnetics has been established to better coordinate research and share knowledge.