Tools for defending against an electromagnetic attack (right to left): an antenna set on a tripod for sensing the environment, an RF-measuring device for conditioning the signals and a computer that calculates the relevant data. From a low-level electromagnetic pulse that could jam electronics systems temporarily through to megabursts that would utterly fry electric and electronic equipment, any sort of pulse would be bad news.
Such a device would be an engineering feat, since it would need not only to withstand the pulse, but to measure very high field strengths from very short pulses.
Recently in Berlin, thieves have been using electromagnetic waves to defeat limousine security systems, for example. Some people have come up with solutions such as keeping vulnerable components either in a Faraday cage or underground. However, this second problem is still connected with the first: there is not yet enough data to prove if the protective measures above are enough to protect a solar panel.


This will help you sort through all of the misinformation out there so you know what to do to properly protect your solar panels from an EMP.
An EMP is a blast of electromagnetic energy that can disrupt -- if not destroy -- electronic devices within an affected area. Since every company or individual assembles solar panels in a different way, almost every person has a setup that is unique. There is also the fact that you can only add so much protection without significantly decreasing the efficiency of the panel you are protecting. A lot of the devices that we rely on for daily life, including solar panels have different parts that can be affected in a number of ways. You can’t smell, taste or feel EMP radiation, which can be unleashed by nuclear explosions as well as by solar storms and devices.


A food way to ensure you will still be able to produce power after an EMP is to keep spare solar panel parts in a faraday cage, and then replace the damaged parts after the electromagnetic pulse event. In the same way that solar panel systems differ from one another, every EMP event is different from the next. Because of the many variables involved, it is hard to say for sure if a solar panel system will survive an EMP event.



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