Raycap, a leading force in industrial surge protection


Raycap is one of the premier manufacturers and suppliers of surge protective devices (SPDs) for industrial applications in the world. Their proprietary technology StrikesorbĀ®, is used in industrial sectors to protect and preserve the power needed to support mission-critical infrastructure. While the unique technology surpasses the traditional capacities of surge protection, it also may inadvertently factor into the move towards making alternative energy production sectors more commonplace by helping these sectors realize reductions in costs. This translates as extended equipment lifespans through improved protection from electrical surge damage, as well as cost reductions within alternative energy sectors that may reduce climate damage while saving consumers money.

Raycap’s technologically advanced Strikesorb line of surge protection products utilizes an “always on” system that provides ongoing protection without the need for resetting or replacement, which could be a key to seeing alternative energy production advance past fossil fuel dependency. Raycap is contributing significantly to the improvement of processes that generate power for consumers using alternative energy sources, driving the costs below fossil fuels and ending the debate over cost-competitiveness once and for all. If a source costs less to produce while also creating less damage to the environment, there is no reason to promote the continued use of the inferior system. In addition and in time, new energy jobs can replace and replenish jobs being lost in the fossil fuel sectors.

How does Raycap’s Strikesorb product line help alternative energy producers reduce costs? By using Strikesorb products placed at strategic positions within wind, solar and hydroelectric systems, a protective redundancy is achieved which shields computerized control equipment from electrical surge damage. The most common form of damage to these systems is produced by lightning strikes and temporary overvoltages (TOVs), which damage the exposed wind turbines or solar panels as well as produce overvoltage events downstream. These electrical surges overload the circuitry of expensive electronics that are connected directly to the wind turbines and solar panels. While the point of direct lightning strike damage is difficult to avoid, the surge damage can be mitigated or completely avoided through the use of Raycap’s technologically advanced surge protection products. Cost reductions resulting from reduced operating expenses provide the ability for energy producers to effectively reduce the charges to consumers.

An additional benefit to the alternative energy markets is the “always on” nature of Raycap Strikesorb products. Traditional SPD designs must be reset or replaced after an overvoltage event has occurred. This takes the system offline until the resetting or replacement of the device occurs. Savings can be seen in maintenance fees as well as in the ability to create more power over time than previously by keeping systems online during production times. Alternative energy fuel sources like wind and sun are free for the taking, so keeping these systems online and producing for the maximum amount of time that the sources are available, as well as taking advantage of advancements in storage (battery) capacities, are the key to producing surpluses and driving down costs charged to consumers.

At the point when system efficiencies reduce production costs for alternative energy below the costs that are seen within the fossil fuel markets, the debate over “coal vs wind” or “oil vs solar” is effectively over. There is no debate over the fact that alternative sources produce less damage to the environment, but once alternative energy can be shown to cost less than the dependence on fossil fuels will begin to subside and new energy jobs will take the place of jobs in the fossil fuel industries. All this takes time of course, but Raycap is one of the companies that are leading the charge to cleaner, more efficient energy sources.